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Marriage Equality

Its been a long time since I put finger to keyboard but I could not let this opportunity pass me by. For those of you who do not know the Australian Senate has passed the Marriage Equality Bill in Australia, I believe it goes before the House of Representatives this coming week. This has come about as a result of the money wasting census Australia has just held, I am sure the millions spent could have been better utilised elsewhere if only our federal politicians had the intestinal fortitude to make a decision that they already knew the majority of Australians supported.

A number of people have already asked whether Brian and I will get married once this bill becomes law, the short answer is No. Getting married will not change our relationship or our lives. We have shared the same Medicare card for at least fifteen years, we have joint private health cover, we declare our incomes on each other’s tax, that’s right the Federal government may not yet recognise us as a couple but the Taxation Department does. We have joint property, joint bank accounts, we are the executors and beneficiaries of our wills, and we are each other’s next of kin in all areas. Brian is the only one that can make the decision to switch off my life support, something I am sure he has dreamed of at least once. Why on earth would we want to get married, we already celebrate the anniversary of the date we met, why muddy that with a wedding.

Don’t get me wrong, I will be very happy to see this bill passed for those who do wish to get married, particularly for the young people like my son who still have their whole lives ahead of them. Everyone should have the opportunity to marry the person they love, and what a boon it will be for the economy.

While I am on my soap box I would also like to see all the “labels” removed from our day to day language, I do not like words such as homosexual, lesbian, poofter, fag, or gay. We are simply normal everyday people who just happen to fall in love with and choose to spend our lives with someone of the same gender, why should it have a label.

I am a good person, Brian is a good person, we do not intentionally hurt anyone. I love my children and my grandchildren with all my heart, I am very proud of all of them. All I really want in this life is to be happy, surrounded by those I love and that love me. Even more that that I want my children and my grandchildren to be happy. Vent over.

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