Homophobia- Australia’s Own Closet Illness

I never had to sit my mother down and tell her I like boys.

After all, I’m a girl, why should I?

I never had to question if my friends would stick by me, if society would question me or if I could marry the person I love… but friends of mine have. Many people have, for the sole reason that they like the same sex.

I attended an equal rights rally with a friend of mine once, and there was a young lady with a sign that read ‘You can marry someone you met last night, but I can’t marry the love of my life‘. I couldn’t argue with her at all. It was madness, what are we doing as a nation? Canada has the right idea, New Zealand, Belgium.. in all, sixteen countries internationally have passed laws allowing marriage between same sex couples.

In 2013 Australia attempted to pass a bill to allow equal marriage rights, but only days later it was dismissed. Here, the streets of our city were filled with people waving rainbow flags, singing, marching, reaching out to the powers that be to end this reign of discrimination and reinstate equality and in the complete political disregard that followed I had to wonder what the hold up was.

Marriage Equality director Ivan Hinton and Chris Tench display their marriage certificate in Canberra, before the High Court annulled them last week. Image attribution: sbs online

Marriage Equality director Ivan Hinton and Chris Tench display their marriage certificate in Canberra, before the High Court annulled them last week. Image attribution: sbs online

I don’t see the issue. Why should we try to prevent one of the purest things on our earth from being celebrated. Love between two people. That’s all. Give love where you can, receive it when offered and celebrate it when it’s real, that’s what I say.

The argument has become tangled in extraneous topics without even a plausible link to the initial conversation. Allowing the celebration of a relationship between two consenting adults through legal marriage. A friend of mine said she even has people likening her same sex relationship to bestiality. Excuse me? Has this person even seen a dictionary?

IMG_5980It makes me wonder where their real argument is. Is it just an inability to accept anything outside of their own experiences, not unlike our government’s own current adversion to refugees.

The argument doesn’t make sense. Which is a pity because if there was any real argument against equal marriage rights we could begin to sort this out, but the way it stands right now is a simple request for acknowledgement of human rights, denied under the cryptic and unfounded reasoning built upon misunderstanding.

We live in a global society with a myriad of people, cultures and personalities. Sometimes we clash, sometimes we create something beautiful. We can choose to spread hate and fight against the unknown, we can call a truce and live in respect for one another or we can embrace the individuality within our world, see each aspect for what it is and as John Lennon so perfectly worded it… let it be.

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