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The Forum > General Discussion > The question on gay marriage is prety simple now.

The question on gay marriage is prety simple now.

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It would appear that a vote for labor is a vote for gay marriage, and a vote for the libs is a vote for a plebiscite.

So the choice is, do you want your say on this very important issue, or do you want that choice taken away from you.
Posted by rehctub, Thursday, 30 June 2016 6:30:15 AM
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It is not a very important issue at all and the fact that so much of taxpayersí money is wasted by politicians in discussing it is a national disgrace.

There are absolutely no advantages at all from having a government issued certificate which says that the government acknowledges your relationship as a marriage. Only those who are insecure about the depth of their relationship would need someone else to tell them how to define their relationship. Whatever practical benefits come from the government are based on the governmentís definition of what constitutes a couple. The government does not need to define marriage, nor issue certificates to those who it thinks are married.

Marriage should not be defined as a relationship that needs government approval. Unless there are some practical reasons for the government to be involved in the definition of marriage then it is a complete waste of time and money to be involved in the issue of defining marriage.

Some people may think they will feel better if they get a government issued certificate but the taxpayers of this country should not be fitting the bill just to paper over the insecurities that some couples have about the validity of their relationship
Posted by phanto, Thursday, 30 June 2016 9:07:41 AM
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Either way Butch. The opinion polls have been saying gay marriage is ok now for two years. So it could be a matter of a swag of money or no money.
Posted by doog, Thursday, 30 June 2016 9:48:42 AM
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Phanto,
It is an important issue and those that seek to define a same sex relationship to that of one word can find another word than the word 'Marriage'.

The word 'marriage' is taken and means a union between a male and female.

The only reason same sex couples want to use the word 'marriage' is to try and show their sexual activities in a better light.

I don't care what sexual activities they engage in but they can find another word for their union. Why not simply call it a 'union'. I think few married couples would object to that.
Posted by Banjo, Thursday, 30 June 2016 11:41:54 AM
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u can be sure just like Britian that the socialist won't accept the will of the people if they vote to protect the word marriage. They are obviously worried that the numerous polls they suggest favour them are bogus. What a surprise!
Posted by runner, Thursday, 30 June 2016 12:15:31 PM
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Banjo:

Even if the legislation is not changed you cannot stop same-sex couples from calling their relationship a marriage if they want to. No one has a monopoly on the word. That is a basic right of free speech. Governments should not define the meaning of the word unless they need to. If they need to distribute benefits then they need to know who comes under the definition of being a couple and not a married couple.

The government has no need to be in the marriage business at all and so any time spent discussing who is eligible for a government issued marriage licence is a waste of time and money.
Posted by phanto, Thursday, 30 June 2016 12:53:14 PM
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