Discrimination is discrimination. If you afford some people a legal right and deny others the same right, it is discrimination, pure and simple. The whole point of a free and democratic society is that my values don’t impact on your choices. Let’s say for arguments sake that I disagree with the idea of same sex marriage, the whole point of our freedom is that my beliefs don’t determine your ability to choose for yourself.
I know I’ve said this before, but I feel the need to say it again after the Labor National Conference. The issue has flared up again. It makes me sad and angry that people think they have the right to dictate how others should live their lives. I wouldn’t want our legal system to mandate that I follow Islamic law, because I don’t subscribe to Islam. Therefore why on earth do (some) Christians (and I know there are non Christians in this category too) in this country feel that they should tell others, who aren’t subscribing to Christianity how they ought to choose. I feel it’s wrong, and it’s actually the opposite of what Jesus was on about. When people walked away from him, he let them. He never forced anyone to do anything, he let them choose. If it’s good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for me.
Give people the legal right to make their own choices and not feel like second class citizens. Discrimination on any other basis would be abhorrent, so why isn’t this?