It’s front-page news in The Saturday Age: Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle’s reasons for approving same-sex marriage. Australian Christians Senate candidate Vickie Janson considers Doyle’s front-page Easter litany one invocation at a time.
In The Saturday Age, Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle provides reasons for approving same-sex marriage. Australian Christians Senate candidate Vickie Janson considers Doyle’s front-page Easter litany one invocation at a time:
"According to Cr Doyle the government is 'in our bedrooms', determining who you should love," Janson says. "Of course this is not true at all, there is no hindrance for consenting adults loving each other in the privacy of their bedrooms, and neither should there be. And society at large does accept that people are free to 'make their own bed and lie in it'.
“Redefining and reducing marriage to the bedroom may strike some as a tad regressive rather than progressive."
Cr Doyle refers to a sole-parent family as a "non-traditional" family.
Janson says: “It could be argued more reasonably that this is a broken traditional family rather than a non-traditional family, which many of us come from. However for the sake of the children, their identity and the reality of broken lives, most people don’t set out to create this arrangement. It’s just a sad consequence of life.”
Cr Doyle tells us that family "can’t be defined" and then proceeds to define it as "a family unit that functions".
Janson responds: "Perhaps an apology to all those from dysfunctional families is in order – Cr Doyle doesn’t call that a family. A marriage that is dysfunctional is still a marriage and a family that is dysfunctional is still a family. Re-defining everything less than perfect does not change reality. Reality doesn’t always come in the feel good ‘positive only’ variety.
"Missing in all of this discussion and care about people being loved, which unmarried people of every orientation appear to be able to manage quite effectively, is the underlying premise that love is a feel good experience. Cr Doyle articulates this as an invocation for all to ‘strive for personal fulfilment in relationships’. That’s all about me and my fulfilment rather than any idea of family being built on sacrificial love, commitment and so forth. Our entitlement for gratification trumps our concern for the most vulnerable in family units; the children.
"I agree with Cr Doyle that we should be ‘a bit careful about judging others’. Perhaps some people who oppose same-sex marriage do so not out of hatred and bigotry but out of genuine concern for children and their legal opportunity to at least have the potential of having a mum and a dad. This is the sort of diversity same-sex marriage denies our children, and is unable to model."
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