The road towards equal marriage rights for all Australians is an issue that we as a country have seen move swiftly into the spotlight in recent years. It’s one that has been spoken about endlessly, from both sides of the argument, with colorful metaphors and apt analogies. I won’t bore you by restating them. What I will do is bring you a little slice of the piece that former Prime Minster Kevin Rudd, in backing legislation change, has penned for his own website, which can be found here:
“I for one have never accepted the argument from some Christians that homosexuality is an abnormality. People do not choose to be gay. The near universal findings of biological and psychological research for most of the post war period is that irrespective of race, religion or culture, a certain proportion of the community is born gay, whether they like it or not. Given this relatively uncontested scientific fact, then the following question that arises is should our brothers and sisters who happen to be gay be fully embraced as full members of our wider society? The answer to that is unequivocally yes, given that the suppression of a person’s sexuality inevitably creates far greater social and behavioral abnormalities, as opposed to its free and lawful expression”
Say what you will about Kevin Rudd, but there’s no denying the man knows how to turn a phrase. Now, this isn’t a post about the mans politics. In fact, it isn’t even a post about politics.
I’m sure I’m not alone when I say it’s starting to feel that we can’t go a day without someone new emerging from the dark recesses of the past to support equality for same-sex unions. Why does Kevin Rudd, and his Obama-esque evolution on the issue stand out from the crowd?
He’s come out with a statement that is sensible, that is well-reasoned, and that adequately addresses every single one of the arguments one could possibly have in the face of supporting equal marriage rights. He’s done so at a time when the groundswell of support towards equality continues to grow stronger with every day; when polling consistently shows a very healthy majority support the change, and perhaps most importantly, at a time when the only people who seem to be digging their heels in are those that hold the power to affect change.
Marriage equality is an enormous issue. It’s one that isn’t going away and its one that can, and has been, dissected from every possible angle. In his prepared statement, Rudd presents the facts in such a way that even the sternest of opponents would struggle to counter in a similarly reasonable manner.
His backing of legislation change, and the manner in which he chose to do it, is thoughtful and concise. It adds his voice to a chorus that is growing every day – one that’s only going to keep getting louder.
Harrison ignored two separate assignments to bring you this story. He’ll probably be a student forever. Follow more of his adventures in procrastination on Twitter here.