Australia Is Embarrassing Itself On Marriage Equality, And This Election Needs To Address That

13 / 05 / 2016

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When the gun toting, viagra Bible bashing, fear mongering United States of America has managed to make social progress where we have not, that’s cause for embarrassment. We should hang our heads in shame before the world. All this for our anachronistic protection of the “sanctity of marriage”, an ugly hangover of stubborn heteronormativity that precludes true equality across the vast spectrum of sexuality.

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In an election year, marriage equality should be a hot button topic in Australia, but instead it’s languishing in the periphery, receiving only cursory nods from incumbent Malcolm Turnbull and competitor Bill Shorten. Turnbull has promised to follow through on Tony Abbott’s $160 million plebiscite (), which–considering a 2014 poll conducted by Crosby Texor suggested that 72 percent of Australians are in favor of legalizing marriage equality seems more like the Liberal Party throwing all the toys out of the pram than genuine progressivism. With the Coalition partyroom overwhelmingly supporting the status quo despite overwhelming public opinion, Turnbull will pursue an agenda that turns legislative action, which is Parliament’s job, into a joke at the tax payer’s expense, should he win July’s election. So why isn’t Shorten raising hell?

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opcje binarne poradniki The Labor Party has promised to ratify marriage equality in Australia within 100 days of being elected – although it’s unclear why this isn’t a primary campaign objective for Shorten. Indeed, his campaign trail’s relative silence (he called the Abbott plebicite a “delaying tactic” earlier this year), but has generally failed to show much passion on the issue) suggests complicity in the fact that Australia’s current laws are in gross violation of basic human rights. Any candidate wishing to effect change should be shouting, stomping, and using this opportunity to relentlessly press the case that their opposition represents the stodginess of a bigoted the old guard, especially since the public skews overwhelmingly to supporting that notion. Even if you look at it from a purely political perspective (rather than as a case of ethical right and wrong), advocating for marriage equality is sure to secure at the very least, goodwill, and at best, votes from a strong majority of the Australian public who value social justice as much as the economic platforms both parties are running on.

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opzioni binarie in 60 secondi If Shorten needs some inspiration, he needs look no further than the vehemently adored Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews. Between publishing emails sent to him by anti-gay sympathizers (which would be humorous if the current law didn’t seem to support them), and issuing apologies to all those prosecuted for crimes related to their sexual orientation as well as starting an initiative to expunge their criminal records, Andrews is setting a strong example for our nation’s leaders. It’s not enough anymore to adopt the lackadaisical approach because “things will change eventually”. It’s time for Australians to do what they do best: complain until things change.

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الخيارات الثنائية استعراض النظم It might be easy to fall into the trap of believing that Australia is progressive when it comes to LGBTQ rights. Recently, Australia was named in the upper echelons of countries that have enviable protections in place for the LGBTQ community by the ILGA’s report on Sexual Orientation Laws In The World. Based on Australia’s strong anti-discrimination laws for sexual orientation (which were issued as late as 2013), one might be lulled into a false sense of thinking that we’ve done our due diligence. But that’s an Animal Farm mentality to LGBTQ rights. We provide just enough equality to be able to insist that we are equal, but the bare fact stands that some are still more equal than others. Indeed, the report’s author, Aengus Carroll, called our legislative groundwork for the protection of the LGBTQ community “weak”, and civil-union a “clearly inferior substitute to marriage”, which should be cause for “alarm”. Indeed, only just now, in the year 2016, is the Queensland government kind of maybe probably just considering removing the “gay panic” (similar to provocation) defense from their Criminal Code. This is the same law that allowed two men who beat a homosexual man to death in a violent, cold blooded hate crime to lessen their charges from murder to manslaughter in 2010. One of those men served four years of a nine year sentence and is now free. The other is eligible for parole this year.

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buy Orlistat 120 mg online canada It should mean nothing that the Catholic Church has issued an edict imposing the future government to protect the status quo – in Australia we’re supposed to have a complete separation of church and state. Regardless, if the God-loving U.S. can ignore the religious rabble rousers to stand up for equality, so should we. Of course, the U.S. isn’t disappointing its reputation with its onslaught of draconian state-led bathroom laws. But when even Donald Trump, the man who called 9/11 “7/11″, and who suggested shooting muslims with bullets covered in pig’s blood based on an historical misnomer,  defends the rights of trans people to pee in the bathroom of their gender with impunity and as a byproduct stands up for LGBTQ rights, Australia’s politicians, at least socially, begin to seem like they’re campaigning ass backwards.

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come funziona iqoption Australia: there’s an election looming. And one of the myriad issues facing this country is our blatant breach of human rights–which is made even less palatable by our other infractions, whether it’s the detention of refugees, or our ongoing mistreatment of First Nations Peoples. Marriage equality should be a major issue at the forefront of this election, and we should be moving towards a legislature that reflects the very foundational idea that all humans are intrinsically equal and deserve the same basic rights. It’s embarrassing that on the world stage, we’re lagging behind in such a flagrant way. Forget the “sanctity of marriage”. Australia needs to step up and protect the sanctity of humanity.

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