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Apr 23, 2012

Avalanche of submissions on gay marriage an uneasy consensus

Parliamentary committee staff has never had more work thrust upon it than the interest generated by three bills seeking to amend the Marriage Act. Is there any hope of consensus?

Parliamentary committee staff has never had more work thrust upon it than the interest generated by three bills seeking to amend the Marriage Act. A staggering number of public contributions were made to the House and Senate committees — nearly 300,000 by last Friday — including written submissions, form letters and the curious introduction of the parliamentary web survey.

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  1. Meski

    I assumed the ‘written’ part of the survey was to stop gaming the system: If it wasn’t unique and a coherent argument for or against, then the vote should be discarded. If you can’t put a sentence together, then perhaps you don’t deserve a vote?

    Does David Phillips deserve the title of Doctor, for contriving to tie the Greek market with same sex marriage? I think not.

  2. shepherdmarilyn

    I do wish we didn’t sound like such a tiresome little backwater.

  3. lindsayb

    Nice to see an on-line survey where the outcome is representative of community views.

  4. AdamNeira

    Any community, region or nation that legalises same sex marriage is cutting its own spiritual throat. Australia must not go down this path. Homosexuality is a result of traumatic conditioning in early childhood, most often repressed, and poor later life choices. There is no “gay” gene. A little history lesson for the readers. Ancient Rome, Athens and Gomorrah were full of urbane, chic, intellectual, cultured people…

  5. Matt Hardin

    @Adamneira, could you please provide some peer reviewed scientific evidence to back your assertions.

  6. Ronson Dalby

    @adamneira have you ever considered doing a little thinking, and perhaps research, for yourself rather than parroting cliches from homophobic organisations and people?

    By the way, can you remember the date you woke up and said, Hey … I think I’ll choose to live my life in the ‘heterosexual lifestyle’.

  7. liliwyt

    @adamneira – nice try, linking the fall of Rome, Ancient Greece and Gomorrah (Gomorrah? Really?) with their acceptance of homosexuality.

    Got a definitive causal link?

  8. Harry Rogers

    By the way can anybody clarify for future arguments is there a scientific proven link between AIDS and male homosexual intercourse.

  9. Rena Zurawel

    All my homosexual friends, and I do not have that many , are against gay marriage. I suppose they may not represent the vast majoriy of gay population.
    My argument simply is that everybody should have the right not only to a wedding but also to … property settlement and have the same fun in the process..

  10. drsmithy

    By the way can anybody clarify for future arguments is there a scientific proven link between AIDS and male homosexual intercourse.

    Indeed there is. The same “scientific proven link” between AIDS and male heterosexual intercourse.

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