In Australia it is currently illegal for two men, two women, or two people who just don’t identify as a male-female couple to get married.
There is no logical or valid explanation for this discrimination. The legislation was put in place in 2004 under the Howard Government and remained in place under the Rudd Government and the current Gillard Government. None of these “leaders” can justify this decision aside from a woeful “because”. We all know they did it so they didn’t lose the vote of the hateful and bigoted Christian lobby.
Let’s pretend for a moment, however, that instead of legislating hate, the government decided to legislate love. What might this love look like? The Potential Wedding Album is a beautiful glimpse into this dream of what could be, and dare I say it, what will soon be.
Take a wander through the pages of this magnificent piece of work. Journey through the lives of the photos you see, and the happy people in them. There is a lot of love and joy there. If marriage was permitted to be between any two consenting adults, just think what a better society we would have.
The world will still go on when same-sex couples can marry. The sky won’t fall in. There won’t be a cataclysm or a rapture, but there will certainly be enrapture. What there will be is an abundance of love, happiness, acceptance, inclusion, and so much more.
Religious fundamentalists, whether they be Jewish, Muslim, Christian or whatever, will increasingly be shown to be the intolerant, narrow-minded bigots and haters that they are. Their beliefs, or more accurately, their make-beliefs, which are based on antiquated, irrelevant nonsense, have no place in the 21st century. These ideologies and dogmas need to be expunged from humanity because of their destructive and hurtful capacity.
Sooner than later our society will accept and nurture the relationships between homosexual couples, bi-sexual couples and couples that simply don’t conform to the stereotypical male/female gender binary.
Love is, by far, the best option.