Is gay marriage, apparently.
The problem with writing or discussing same sex marriage is that, by doing so, it automatically elevates its importance relative to any other current affairs issue to a position completely out of context to reality.
This organ’s position on same sex marriage can mainly be summarised as, “yawn“.
If pushed, maybe we’d have a conversation about whether there was any legal restriction on same sex couples living together, getting joint mortgages, being parents, adopting kids, provisioning for each other in their wills, having a public ceremony to make vows to each other, etc. and, if not, what exactly does a government sanctioned certificate of their relationship provide accretive to this?
All a bit dull and irrelevant really, when one considers, say, the infant mortality rate in the Northern Territory or the shocking inability of Australians under the age of 40 to competently place apostrophes on plural possesive’s (sic).
However, there’s still some fun to be had at the expense of the self-righteous left.
“Despite a referendum in Ireland“.
Ponder that for a moment….
Now replace that tagline with, “Tony Abbott is opposed to stoning to death for apostasy, despite a popular resurgence of the practice in Syria“.
Or, “Tony Abbott is opposed to Lewis Hamilton being BBC Sports Personality of the year, despite a telephone vote in the UK“.
One suspects the monkeys with the typewriters at the SMH need a quick lesson in how national legislation works.
A couple of folks who probably do know how Australian legislation is made have
jumped on the bandwagon added their gravitas and respected opinions to the debate, however.
If only Australia could have the benefit of someone with Kevin Rudd’s considered and wise opinion on these matters in the office of Prime Minister then perhaps Billy and Johnny could get married and live happily ever after…. oh, hang on….
Fortunately though, Bill Shorten will ride to the rescue when he gets the top job, despite the fact that he was a government minister for 6 years and didn’t make any headway on the issue.
Next time will be different though, eh Bill?
Perhaps Bill should channel the only Prime Minister to be fired by Her Majesty and fight the next election campaign with the slogan, “It’s (now) time”.