Marriage is about becoming one with the individual you love, right? It’s about starting a life with someone you can’t imagine being without and sharing your love with one another. Now imagine being with the one person you could never live without, the person that completes you and makes everything better, the person who you want to share the rest of your life with. Now imagine that you’re not able to show that love and affection in public places with that person, or that you’re not allowed to legally be married to them, or in some countries you could even get the death penalty for having a relationship with that person. Well this is what it’s like for same sex couples. They are singled out because they are different and some might even go to the extent of calling them wrong and disgraceful.
Good morning/Afternoon Mrs Paterson and fellow students.
Marriage is one of the most significant institutions in our culture. It is defined as ‘...the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.’ Therefore, it is not possible for same-sex couples to marry under Australian law; although they can’t marry they have the opportunity to go through a commitment ceremony, providing that the ceremony does not claim to be a legal marriage. Commitment ceremonies are a bond of love between two people. They don’t involve any legal paperwork unlike a marriage certificate. Many same sex couples that aren’t able to marry choose to have Commitment Ceremonies as a celebration of their love and bond to one another. But why is it that heterosexual couples can be married and homosexuals can’t, even though they both share the same love for their partners?
Restricting gay marriage is not fair!!!
Ellen DeGeneres quoted: “People are going to be who they want to be. We need to love them for who they are and let them love whoever they want.”
Decades of research all point to the fact that sexual orientation is not a choice. Try and think back...