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Equality for all, until death (or divorce) do us part

Posted on 18 April 2013, 11:28 am in , , , , ,

Over on Hard News Russell Brown talks eloquently, passionately and adultly about the passing last night of the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill. It's a great read. He actually watched the third reading of the Bill, as did many others he points out, and commended politicians on their unusual respect and good-faith leadership.

As I tweeted last night, I wanted the Bill to pass, not for marriage's but for equality's sake. I used to quip, back in my days as a comedian, that marriage was the cause of divorce and that, if marriage were banned, divorce rates were certain to decline. I still stand behind my logic.

While I'm happy that, in 2013, we can finally, as Russell says, complete "an arc that began with the torrid, sometimes terrible days leading up to homosexual law reform in 1986," I'm also a little disappointed. As a queer dude, it feels weird that we have bought into one of if not the most conservative, patriacal and mainstream traditions of society.

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