So late to the debate

By Letters to the Editor
Updated April 19 2018 - 7:43am, first published September 19 2013 - 3:00am

The incoming Catholic archbishop for Canberra and Goulburn wants a moratorium on same-sex marriage (''Bishop calls for moratorium'', September 18, p1) because the debate is happening when heterosexual married life and family life are ''at a very fragile moment''. He then goes to say that ''we've got to look at this particular rising topic in a calm way''. Where has this man been? Several countries, within which there are millions of people who call themselves Catholic, have legislated same-sex marriage. He may look to Spain and the inspiring speech given by its then prime minister before the legislation was passed. I belong to a religious community which values same-sex marriage intrinsic in our testimonies of equality, integrity and community, and which calmly had this debate years ago. After careful discernment our community continues to accept, welcome, indeed embrace gay people and marriage for all. Does not God embrace equality? Our God is obviously very different to the archbishop's God. If heterosexual marriage is so fragile, he should be hammering on the doors of Federal Parliament for a moratorium. That is, no more heterosexual marriages until we have found out the cause of the problem and can legislate to fix it. Don't point your staff at gay people wanting to marry as if they are the problem.

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