i am angry. i am disappointed. i am ashamed. i am a lesbian queenslander who is today a less equal queenslander than i was yesterday. awesome.
today the state government has graciously allowed us to keep civil unions – the registration part at least. but the right to a state sanctioned civil ceremony is being removed.
i can’t help but hear the following play over and over in my head: “what you do in your private life is your business, but i don’t want to see it”. every gay person has heard this statement. i’ve heard this statement. this is exactly what taking away the opportunity to commit to the one you love in a state sanctioned public forum says to me .
i can’t bring myself to listen to the premier’s statement again. i am already too mad. but i would like to know how many times the word ‘christian’ was used. the civil ceremonies are being removed because the christians feel it mimics marriage. you know what? my marriage does not ‘mimic’ marriage – IT IS A MARRIAGE.
i married my wife in october 2009 in vancouver. despite not being recognised in this great country of ours there is nothing fake or pretend or make believe or play about it. i married my wife because i love her. i entered a civil union with her because i care enough about her that i want her protected if anything ever happens to me. we did not have a christian or any other religious-styled union. we just got married. we just got a civil union.
any step that is not toward full equality, and the end of discrimination, is a step backward. LGBTIQ rights took a hit today and there is no way of sugar coating that, no matter how much the state government may try.
they say: you have the right to have your relationship registered, but not to celebrate it with a ceremony.
i hear: be gay, but don’t be gay in front of me.