Legalise Homosexual Marriage
Gay marriage should be legalised in Australia. Marriage is about love and commitment to your loved one, not gender. As Australian citizens we have the liberty for pursuit of happiness; however by denying gay marriage, oppositions are proposing the idea that homosexuals don’t have the right to pursue happiness. In a marriage there is one thing that truly matters: love. Although, ideally not one couple would make it to asking someone to marry them, if there was not some love. But as it happens, heterosexual marriage doesn’t always reach the ideal. Las Vegas, Nevada is known for being the place where many weddings occur and are annulled within a week. These marriages do not represent the true meaning of love but simply a drunken night in Vegas. In 2011, there were 48,935 divorces granted in Australia1; and still rising today. High divorce rates weaken what marriage is defined as. Why are we not able to teach society what marriage really stands for and make it include a homosexual marriage? The definition of love, according to dictionary.com is as follows: “Very strong affection: an intense feeling of tender affection and compassion.” If homosexual people feel this way then why shouldn’t they be able to be married? If they are happy with each other, then why should they be denied the right to marriage? Nancy Cott testified in Perry v. Schwarzenegger that "civil law has always been supreme in defining and regulating marriage” and that religious leaders are accustomed to performing marriages only because the state has given them that authority2. Historically the concept of "traditional marriage" is defined as one man and one woman. However society has displayed something completely different considering the popular modern and ancient examples of family arrangements based on adultery, communal child-rearing, the use of concubines and mistresses and the frequency of prostitution, heterosexual marriage can be considered "unnatural” in...
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