'Marriage Equality'- no consequences? Wait a minute.... from Australian Christian Lobby on Vimeo.
During the recent Senate hearings into the Greens bill to change marriage, several witnesses were asked why ‘marriage equality’ should not be granted to polyamorous or polygamous relationships.
None could give a logical answer.
The former High Court judge and gay activist Michael Kirby’s response was instructive.
“The question that is before the parliament at the moment is the question of equality for homosexual people. There may be, in some future time, some other question. The lesson in courts and in the parliament, I suggest, is that you take matters step by step.” (see page 13 of the Hansard).
His comments were seized on by leaders in the polyamorous community and there have since been demands for marriage from polygamous people.
ACL has produced this short video designed to provoke deeper thought about the consequences of redefining marriage.
As you will see from this report in today’s The Australian, the Greens “have not excluded extending legalisation to menages-a-trois and other sexual configurations in the future”.
Please pass this video on to your friends. With three Bills to redefine marriage before our Federal Parliament, it is important this debate moves beyond the catchphrases of ‘equal love’ and ‘marriage equality’.