Same sex marriage in Canberra
I sent this to the Canberra Times in response to a front page article today (Monday 6 August).
Labor Party Ministers Barr and Corbell know full well that there is no constitutional or legal impediment to the ACT legislating for marriage equality immediately, (Peter Jean, ‘ACT keen to be gay wedding capital’ The Canberra Times 6 August page 1).
So why is the ACT Labor Party hiding behind the silver medal, civil unions, rather than going for gay marriage gold like Tasmania? The only reason I can adduce is to protect the anti-equal love bigot, Julia Gillard, whose power base includes a number of fundamentalist homophobes and to not risk provoking the reactionaries in and outside the ACT ALP before the October election. Civil unions is not equality; it retains the concept of second rate citizenship and accepts the lie that marriage is between a man and a woman.
I call on the ACT Greens to introduce same sex marriage legislation into the Assembly on 14 August, the next available sitting day, and have it passed, if the ACT Labor Party has the principle and the guts to support it, before October’s election.