A recent article on Star Observer reported that several Australian MPs will be seeking opinion from their constituents regarding the issue of same-sex marriage. Members from both houses will be speaking to residents, conducting surveys and so on, to discover the 'will of the people.'
Excuse me, but why is a survey necessary to see if a particular minority demographic should be equal in rights to the majority? I think it's fair to state that one of Parliament's core duties is to ensure equality for all Australians. The injustice of restricting from gay couples the mutual and public expression of love that marriage represents is surpassed only by the injustice involved in Parliament thinking that it needs to 'check' with the public to see if it's okay to repeal it.
“Of course I know the Ten Commandments,” I hear you muttering. “Worship only God, no idols, observe the Sabbath, don’t kill, steal, lie, cheat on your spouse...”
Yeah, that’s not them. It’s a common mistake, and before I did my homework, I, too, was blissfully unaware that the Ten Commandments we were taught as good, God-fearing Christian kids are actually not the rules that were called the Ten Commandments in the Bible!
I wrote this to a special woman who wanted to know what I believed, given that I didn't subscribe to any of the pre-fabricated religions. I also provided links to the two videos shown here. Given recent emails I've received from fans and anti-fans, I felt that it was worth repeating for others to read.
I believe in absolute and unconditional equality amongst all people. We must not make exceptions for women, gays, Asians, left-handed people, no-one. I believe that any ideology or group that wishes to restrict or remove the rights of anyone should be disbanded, ridiculed and/or lose their tax-exemption status.
I believe that people should have the right to live their lives however they choose, provided that their actions do not cause harm to others or infringe upon others' rights to live how they wish. This includes one's own children - I believe that children must be protected from harm, including (and especially) harm caused by their parents.
She was so sweet.
I mean, really sweet. Almost sickly sweet, but in a good way, you know? And with a wonderful, genuine laugh. As we got to know each other, initially quite by accident, and later quite on purpose, we'd talk about whatever, and it'd be riveting!
I think things started developing potential when, after a long break from friend-level hanging out due to our schedules, we were at a group gathering, and I plucked up the courage to tell her that I missed her. I don't remember her response; I was too busy thinking fuck, I sound like an idiot. I guess we agreed to meet up later in the week.
Things slowly-but-steadily moved in a direction I liked, and we saw each other regularly. I liked when she sat on my lap, and when she held my hand. I liked when she fell asleep in my arms when she was supposed to be watching a DVD with me. I really liked when I'd drive her around on my bike. She'd put her arms around me, or put her hands in my jacket pockets, and rest her head on my back. Man-oh-man. I melted every time.
I received an email today, through my site's Contact Me form (which I recommend to you all!) complaining that my book, Being Gay is Disgusting, ignores the New Testament:
Just wondering why you choose to completely ignore the New Testement which is what Christians today live by and have ever since Jesus came with his teachings of forgiveness, which override the Old Testement as anyone with a teeny tiny grasp of the Bible should know. The Old Testement teaches an eye for an eye, the New to turn the other cheek. Completely opposite! It's not hard to understand! I guess ignoring half the Bible to skew it allows you to get your 'point' across. Have a great day and good on you for writing a book and getting it published. :-)" - Leah, New Zealand
I get this a lot, and in fact, it's the reason I wrote the book. Amongst Christianity today is a demonstrable ignorance of their own Bible. Let me explain:
- Any Christian will tell you that Jesus came to save us from Original Sin. Original Sin is documented in the Book of Genesis -- Old Testament.
"Gays are different."
How many times have we heard that the basic human right to love whomever one pleases extends to everyone except gay people? How is it that "live and let live," "love thy neighbour" and "god loves everyone equally" all seem only to apply to the morally upstanding straights?
But it's not just the anti-gays who think that gays stand out; the pro-gay folks don't really improve matters when they make statements along the lines of "you can't lobby against the gay lifestyle just because they're different from you."
The word which I think needs to fall into disuse is "different." Gay people aren't different. They're the same.