Oct 4, 2012

The legal ambush that sank gay marriage in Tassie

Tasmania's upper house was evenly split on a gay marriage bill before voting it down last month. Gay marriage campaigner Rodney Croome explains the last-minute legal ambush which changed minds.

Hopes of Tasmania’s Parliament legalising gay marriage were dashed recently when the upper house voted down the bill. Members whose votes were crucial in defeating the Same-Sex Marriage Bill said they voted against the bill because of constitutional concerns, in particular that the bill would probably be defeated in the High Court at great cost to the state.

But what information did they rely on to arrive at this conclusion?

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10 thoughts on “The legal ambush that sank gay marriage in Tassie

  1. Brian English

    He declared there is a risk many children of same-s-x parents would not be well-adjusted and happy

    As opposed to the universal happiness of children raise by hetro couples.

    He hypothesised that same-s-x marriages would lead to polygamy and polyandry.

    No bestial marriages? The man’s imagination lacks compared to Corey Bernardi’s.

  2. Madonna

    Rodney your last paragraph sums up the same sex marriage bill,

    If they vote the motion down too, it will because they were simply using the constitutional issues to hide their prejudices, and because they don’t want the public to know they were gullible enough to swallow a very large pile of bulldust.

    I’m glad the ALP & LNP political bigots have been exposed for who they really are.
    What law protects these fossils who abuse their position to discriminate against same s-x marriage?
    Why isn’t this bill classified as discrimination if non inclusive and promotes inequality in today’s society. What message does that send?
    This same s-x bill debate has been enlightening, now the public have insight into the people in power and who they really are behind the masks they wear [Public Face].
    I have reviewed my wish list for the best leaders [egalitarians and progressive thinkers],I think would make better leaders of the Liberal and Labor party.
    My number 1 ALP pick is WA MP Melissa Parke – what a crusader and health minister Tanya Plibersek – intellectual and emotionally intelligent.
    My Liberal choice would be no other than Malcolm Turnbull.
    As it stands I may be one vote, but it counts. Besides there’s always the sphere of influence and many others I know will be switching to a Green Vote in 2013 over this topic and a few other issues.

  3. Bethany Harris-Cooper

    So uh, why is the word “sex” censored?

  4. Nico

    Any links or article on Crikey for a legal discussion on the merit (or not) of the backdown on constitutional grounds?

    It’d be good to see the rationale for it..

  5. FunkyJ

    As a child who was raised in a non-traditional family, who is incredibly well adjusted, who has been incredibly successful in many areas of his life, and never even got so much as a parking ticket, is it possible to sue people who continually peddle the bullshit that children of my background are somehow less well adjusted than hetero raised children?

  6. Andybob

    Well it is FunkyJ but since propensity for litigation is a hallmark of the less well adjusted its something of a Catch-22. Have you not felt the urge to marry Kevin Andrews lately ? I know I have.

  7. Brian English

    Why isn’t this bill classified as discrimination if non inclusive and promotes inequality in today’s society. What message does that send?

    Because you’re labouring under the falsehood that we live in a free society. I’m a white, hetro male of middle class origin. The only obstacles I face are the caprices of life: bad family, bad mates, bad luck, bad economic times. Those that aren’t white suffer racism, plus the caprices of life. Those that aren’t male suffer misogyny plus… Those those that aren’t hetro suffer hetrosexism plus… And so on. In this society the only thing stopping me is bad luck, or lack of work-ethic. But for every non-white, (inclusive) or non-male, or non-hetro person, or non-‘normal’ there are many more obstacles in this putative ‘equal-society’.
    Power, privilege, difference

  8. Student T

    As usual the commenters here are leftist ideologues. I am in favour of gay marriage – barely, on balance. But comparing gay marriage to polygamy is NOT silly. (Comparing it to bestiality is silly because animals cannot enter into contracts).

    Come on guys. Construct for me an argument against polygamy that I can not easily use against gay marriage by a simple global search and replace.

  9. Andybob

    Alright Student T, try this:

    Polygamy as it is practised, overwhelmingly comprises one man with many wives. Being simply one wife among others, rather than a sole matrimonial partner is inconsistent with the mutual respect and reciprocal obligations that underlie the relationship of marriage. In short, polygamy encourages male dominant patriarchal relationships that demean the status of women.

  10. Mi Ja

    Who cares. This is not the most pressing issue for Tasmanians. Croome missed out, get over it.Perhaps he should have a chat to the “best thing I have ever done McKim.”

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