Last week, the Gillard government informed marriage equality advocates that it would uphold the ban (born under the Howard Government), on issuing Australian same-sex couples the documents they need to marry overseas.
The move directly contradicts the finding of last year’s Senate inquiry which recommended that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issue Certificates of Non-Impediment to same sex couples that wish to get married overseas.
Frankly, I don’t understand how any social progressive could still give the ALP their first preference.
And if anyone’s thinking that the ALP has done enough to tackle homophobia with its “separate but equal” legislative amendments, let me relate what I was told by a gentleman at the Ringwood pre-polling booth today:
I couldn’t vote for the Greens because I don’t approve of Bob Brown’s personal life.
There’s a long way to go. And we’re not going to get there while we continue to insist that gay people deserve to be discriminated against by government.