While many Australians are also celebrating the legalisation of same-sex marriage in the United States, they are appalled that our own government treats this as an issue they consider irrelevant to our society, writes Paul McMahon.
I am gay. This is true – you can tell me that God is against me (I have never spoken to him so I can believe you), you can say that I would harm a child (as have many parents who abandon them) and you can say that homosexuality is unnatural (please refer to the millions who feel this same condition and please outline the scientific proof that it is not biological and how this can be proven).
The USA finally made Gay Marriage legal and I for one support this shift. It has been occurring in countries globally from Brazil to the UK and from Mexico to Ireland. But it is today that we are clenching on true freedom. Why?
This is occurring, as the USA has always been a beacon of hope for so many social issues. This came from the end of slavery to the promotion of women’s rights. The USA has been our true indication of where our world is going in modern times. Why?
The USA represents the collision course of British democracy, old colonial wealth and the mix of cultures this reality brought. Now that the USA has legalised same-sex marriage it puts a disgusting conservative black rain over the current Australian Government.
I read a letter last night that a number of young children wrote to the Prime Minister. The children were confused as to why Gay Marriage in Australia continued to be discriminatory. Why we were so far behind the world despite so far ahead in many indicators of society. Our next generation was starting to show confusion.
I saw a reply by Tony Abbott to one letter that said he did not condone Gay Marriage in Australia. I repeat that for you.
Tony Abbott does not condone the legalisation of marriage equality because it does not speak to his voters. He is therefore nullifying the public discourse because he disagrees with equality and a host of other socially apt points of view.
This is a simple truth that I am disgusted (vomits) that our political leader contends to us. Being a Gay Man and going through the trauma of being one in a society that frowns upon Gay Union is a sad day. Our leader condones other like minded situations – the colonisation of the British, Aboriginals not being legal citizens and therefore unable to vote, women should not vote and we should continue to separate bus seats for White and Black people.
These are horrific comparisons to say that we are living in an age where a political leader of his calibre condones such treatment. I unfortunately use this line of argument because it is true. I am unable to marry the one I love because I am A GAY. I am gay and therefore I must be treated as a lower class citizen.
I’m sorry, Tony Abbott but this is not on. This is not the Australian Society I was born into – where change is left behind and social progress should be ignored. It is a time that I do not ask for better social service support for the sick or better investment in sustainable energy. Those would be nice things but that will have to come at a later date.
I want marriage equality. I want kids to stop being discriminated against and treated as second class citizens. I am Australian. I was legally born here. My parents were legally born here. I am Australian. I do not have dual citizenship like you Tony Abbott. I just want fair equality for our children and all Gay people in our country – the gays or a gay if you like. Is that what we are called? Like a shop or an a garage. Whatever line you take I think it is time and I have had enough. We can no longer accept your treatment and tears or fears created by your administration.
Unless Gay Marriage is legalised in Australia, I wish for the Abbott Government to leave Parliament immediately. A discriminatory government is not Australia’s future and never in our best interest.
I hope we can all agree on that fact – gay or straight we are one people.
Paul McMahon is an up and coming author as – a result of the accident where he fell 3.5 floors off a building to concrete. He survived. He has a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/paulmcmahonauthor that you can follow if you like the story or like his travel blog. The message is that you should always be proud to be alive, so many do not have that privilege. The worst accident in the world can still direct you into bliss and prosperity.
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