31 July 2012

Equality

Last week, Member of Parliament (MP) Louisa Wall's bill to legislate for marriage equality in New Zealand was drawn from the ballot. The day before this occurred I had informed a family member that if he ever saw me on the evening news, it would most likely be as part of a march in support of marriage equality. Which pretty much explains where I stand on the issue *grin*

I know not everyone in New Zealand is a proponent of marriage equality. And their reasons are many and varied. I just happen to disagree with them. And to that end I have emailed my view to my MP in the hope he will do what I consider to be fair and right for all. Because passing this Bill into law won't take away anything from anyone, but instead give the right to marry to a group of people who should have it.

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  1. I hope the Australian government get it's head out its a$$ on this issue too. It makes me sad that marriage isn't an equal right. It should be.

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  2. So the US isn't alone in its stupidity... *sigh*

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  3. Kaetrin - it definitely should be an equal right. I was despairing of it ever being considered in Parliament when Louisa Wall's bill was drawn from the ballot. The Prime Minister has come out and said he will vote for it, which is one of the very few things he and I agree on, but some of the comments his MPs have made... *heads desk*

    Chris - nope! We've had civil unions here for almost the last decade, but civil unions and marriage aren't equal in the eyes of the law. At least someone can't be fired for their sexual orientation here, which I heard is legal in some states in the US? WTF? It all makes me so mad!

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  4. Sadly, that is legal in more states than not. :(

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  5. Does that not contradict the Bill of Rights? (I'm assuming you have a Bill of Rights?) No discrimination based on...age, gender, race, religion and sexual orientation, etc.? That's why I can't understand why marriage equality is even being argued here, because to not allow it contravenes the Bill of Rights IMHO. (And I'm sure people will argue marriage is a religious entity, but it's not, it can also be a civil entity.) *SIGH* Why are humans such prats?

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    1. Sadly, the Bill of Rights doesn't cover sexual orientation. Heck, it doesn't cover age or gender, if I remember correctly. Race was an amendment... *sigh*

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    2. Ours does - thank goodness! Fingers crossed your Bill of Rights will someday soon!

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  6. It will happen someday, I'm sure.

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  7. Alas I have learned that equality only counts for straight people. Sorry, O, I know I sound bitter but that is a lesson I am learning

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  8. (((Iv))) It shouldn't though. And it's making me more and more angry that equality isn't...equal and available to all. So I'm just going to take that anger and do something with it. I can't change the world, but I can try and change this corner of it.

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  9. I think that some people have grown complacent, thinking that progress has been made--which it has, don't get me wrong--but there's still a very long way to go.

    A quick example: the civil rights movement in the US was in the mid-late sixties, right? You would think that fifty years later, give or take a handful, there would no longer be any discrimination based on color.

    Wrong--a Southern church refused to marry a black couple just a few days ago, because the majority of the congregation is white.

    A white conservative woman twitted, on the day of her death, that Sally Ride--first US female astronaut--was nothing but a ploy to placate "the fems" and the lesbians.

    So we need to acknowledge that there is still a lot of work to do for true equality--and not just for race and/or sexuality, the utter and horrific misogyny seen so openly in much of the Middle East, and less obviously in the supposedly progressive Western world (just check Reddit or pretty much any skeptic forum one day) is discouraging.

    gah, I'm depressing as hell today.

    Apologies.

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  10. aztclady - you make a very good point. Every country has a long way to go...on every front. And so we have to keep pushing.

    *hugs*

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