Tuesday, 06 December 2011
I'm not really too clear on Australian politics, but I understood enough to get the gist of what's going on in Australia right now. A couple of days ago, there was a huge conscience vote to support same-sex marriage across the nation. The vote swung, for the first time, away from a long-time opposition to same-sex marriage.
In my understanding, what this means is that same-sex marriage isn't yet completely legalized. There are some states in Australia that do already grant the right and some that also allow civil unions. If and when Australia as a whole legalizes same-sex marriage, it will be an enormous win for the LGBTQ community around the globe.
Perhaps Australia will soon join countries like The Netherlands (the first nation to legalize same-sex marriage back in 2001). Other countries that recognize same-sex marriage are Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, and Argentina. In the U.S., only 6 out of 50 states (not including DC, which does recognize) have legalized same-sex marriage. If you support it and you don't live in DC, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, New York, Vermont, or New Hampshire, do what you can to help the LGBTQ community in your state.
It isn't a secret that same-sex marriage is an enormously popular topic of discussion around the world. It is, apparently, a secret that people in same-sex relationships are just as likely (if not more likely) to pursue long and happy relationships and families.
If you support it, let yourself be heard. If you don't, perhaps it's time you recognize that legalizing same-sex marriage has no direct effect on you. Just because the legal drinking age in the US is 21 doesn't mean that everyone over the age of 21 has to consume alcohol. Think about it.
Do you support same-sex marriage? What will you do to help the LGBTQ community? Do you think Australia will soon legalize as a nation?