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Written by Andrew Puhanic
Published on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012
Jim Wallace, the head of the Australian Christian Lobby was recently quoted as saying “smoking is healthier than the lifestyle that would be promoted by same-sex marriage” in a debate with the Australian Green Leaders Christine Milne.
When Mr Wallace was confronted by a member of the audience to reveal his thoughts about the issue of same-sex marriage, he said:
“I think we’re going to owe smokers a big apology when the homosexual community’s own statistics for its health – which it presents when it wants more money for health – are that is has higher rates of drug-taking, of suicide, it has the life of a male reduced by up to 20 years”
Contrary to the views expressed by Mr Wallace, support for same-sex marriage in Australia is at an all-time high. In fact, a recent Galaxy Poll conducted in May 2012 revealed that only one in three Australians oppose gay marriage. In the United States, support for gay marriage is also well above 50%.
The views expressed by Mr Wallace obviously do not reflect how ordinary Australians feel about the rights of gay men and woman.
In fact, in the state of Tasmania, a bill that would legally allow same-sex couples to marry has just passed its first hurdle. When the bill is finally passed into law, Tasmania will become the first state in Australia to allow same-sex couples to marry.
Many argue that same-sex couples shouldn’t get married. Sadly, their views are unfounded and are based on false truths about the intent of same-sex couples. Everyone who is in love with another MUST have the right to marry, irrespective if they are a same-sex couple.
In the United States, advocates for same-sex marriage have an uphill battle to fight. Mitt Romney, the presidential nominee for the Republican Party, has admitted on record that he doesn’t support same-sex marriage. He has been quoted as saying:
“I agree with 3000 years of recorded history. I believe marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman and I have been rock solid in my support of traditional marriage”
On the other hand, Barak Obama openly supports same-sex marriage. He has been quoted as saying:
“I think same-sex couples should be able to get married”
Support for same-sex marriage around the world is also on the rise. In fact, same-sex marriage is legally recognized in over 15 countries, with 12 other countries who are currently debating the issue.
EVERYONE has the right to be treated equally and everyone has the right to marry who they choose. If a woman loves and woman or if a man loves a man, so long as they love and respect each other, they should have the same right to marry who they choose.