Marriage Equality

My local MP, Anna Burke is surveying Chisholm residents on our views on marriage equality for same-sex couples. I have written her the following letter in support of marriage equality:

Dear Anna,

Thank you for surveying the Chisholm electorate for our views on gay marriage.

I am writing to express my strong support for same-sex marriage equality. I believe that the right to marry is a fundamental human and civil right, and that civil marriage gives important legal protections and responsibilities to couples.

Marriage strengthens the bonds between couples and families. It is a celebration and recognition of the love and commitment between two people, and the responsibilities that they have undertaken to care for each other for the rest of their lives. People of different cultures, traditions and beliefs have their marriages recognised by the state because of the benefits it brings not only to married couples and their families, but also our whole community, and I believe that denying civil marriage to some couples, solely on the basis of their gender, is discriminatory and wrong.

It also leads to further discrimination against same-sex attracted people, as it sends a message that same-sex attracted people and relationships are intrinsically inferior, and not deserving of the same dignity and respect afforded to heterosexual people.

Extending human and civil rights to people currently denied them does not diminish the existing rights of others, and in this case, removing legal discrimination and granting equal civil marriage rights to same-sex couples will help combat the extremely psychologically (and in many cases, physically) harmful homophobia experienced by gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.

Yours sincerely,

Polly Morgan

Australian Marriage Equality has a lot of great information on marriage equality, that goes into a lot more detail on this issue than is possible in a letter. Their site is well worth checking out.

3 thoughts on “Marriage Equality

  1. Michael Carabini says:

    …2011 Tax Day Actions Pictures are here!..Thank you for your willingness to take part in this tax day action in support of marriage equality and federal recognition for same-sex couples. In most states we are denied equal access to civil marriage and at the federal level the Defense of Marriage Act excludes us from over 1 100 protections and benefits.

  2. Codi Goff says:

    …2011 Tax Day Actions Pictures are here!..Thank you for your willingness to take part in this tax day action in support of marriage equality and federal recognition for same-sex couples. In most states we are denied equal access to civil marriage and at the federal level the Defense of Marriage Act excludes us from over 1 100 protections and benefits.
    +1

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