Dec 13, 2011

Bolt: I want marriage equality for all

To point out the blindingly obvious, many of us regardless of sexuality want to get married; we want the ceremony that is such a significant marker in life’s journey, writes Stephanie Bolt, sister of Herald Sun columnist Andrew Bolt.

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*This article was originally published on December 13, 2011.

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72 thoughts on “Bolt: I want marriage equality for all

  1. Chris Graham

    Fantastic piece Stephanie. You’re proof positive that the problem with the Bolts is not one of genetics.

  2. SusieQ

    Thanks Stephanie.
    How many more of these intelligent articles are we going to have to read before people get it??

  3. David Hand

    I’ve been married twice. The first time was in 1978 in a Baptist Church with all the prayers and blessings etc traditionally bestowed by that corner of the Christian faith on its adherents. The second time was in 2003 on the shore of Pittwater where there were no religeous pomp and ceremony at all.

    I think that my second marriage constitutes a civil union but I would like someone with expertise on the issue to comment. I am firmly in favour of same sex civil marriage and as seems necessary, a change to the marriage act to enable this to occur. It’s a question of discrimination from my point of view.

  4. Sophie Pointer

    Fantastic article and amazing that two people who share the same genes have totally different lives!

    My favorite bit within the article was this sentence:

    “There may be little that legally separates the two, but socially and culturally there’s a chasm”.

    It eloquently captures the heart of the issue. Thank you!

  5. Stickey

    Another of the long awaited Australian Democrats policies is succeeding.

  6. Oscar Jones

    I’m white, middle class and heterosexual. The world is my oyster.

    For anyone else who is not in that narrow range barriers are thrown up and it is a disgrace. Every person is entitled to what others receive. They don’t always get it and we should be striving for that equality in every single thing as an ideal.

    Andrew draws a very long bow when he involves Dr. Philip Nitschke in his argument.

  7. John

    Well said, Stephanie.
    Your story is powerful.
    I hope your brother reflects on it and changes his mind.
    My brother had no reservations about my de facto husband being his brother-in-law.
    Unfortunately, my de facto husband’s sister has never accepted me as her brother-in-law.

  8. Jim Reiher

    When I saw that “Bolt” was writing for Crikey, I nearly had a heart attack. But then … it was Mr Bolt’s sister! And what a great piece. I hope it gets more widely circulated. Thanks for sharing your story.

  9. discus

    Bob Katter’s brother and now Andrew Bolt’s sister. Nice work and thank you for letting us into your world.

  10. Mike Flanagan

    A poignanat and moving piece, dripping with honesty Stephanie. As an aged male hetero I have sympathy with your aspirations.
    However there is one point that hetero’s have had that you ignore or overlook and that is the non maried partners that have only in recent years gained some legal recognition for themselves and their off spring.

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