This Idea, which I am extremely reluctant to say is my own, as so many have tried to promote before me. This is much more than an Idea, and It is important because while people are separate, they can never be equal. So all relationships recognised under the law should be equal. This is a monumental issue, that instills in so many of the LGBTQ community – including myself – that we are not equal, that we are not worthy of the same protections – That people must use different words when addressing us.
"Straight people have a 'Moral Vision' – Gay and lesbian people have an 'agenda' "
Heterosexual people have "lives" – Homosexual people have "Lifestyles"
Unless we are all allowed the same Legally Ordained Relationship Status, then the law is discriminating on the basis of Sexuality, which until a short while ago i thought was illegal… Strange that.
This will be important, and will always remain an issue until it is dealt with. So this "Progressive Government", which now stands at a crossroads, has a difficult decision to make.
Do you give everyone equal marriage right – IE Str8/LGBTQ – give everyone equality under the eyes of the law.
Or do you continue to discriminate against the minority by giving them a "Separate but Equal" Relationship Status.
Well lets think about this for a second. "Separate but Equal", where have I heard that before. Oh wait, I know, America, at the start of the civil rights movement. Because Black people were allowed to sit on buses but were only allowed to sit at the back. That is metaphorically what is happening here. Again. We are allowed a Legally Recognised Relationship, but we are not allowed the full shebang because people would be offended by our use of a word.
Separate is not Equal, nor can it ever be.
I could go on forever listing the reasons why this is important, and why we should move into the 21st century, not stay in the 19th. You heard me right, this is archaic, and must stop.
It is important because your people are being discriminated against. End of story.
So its up to you. I can do no more. I can say no more. You have a chance to provide equality.
Will you do the right thing?