Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Change the Freakin' Song Already, John

Yawn. Another day, another denial of same-sex relationships by our PM.

And what's John's reasoned, well-informed and comprehensive argument today?

"Mate, I am sorry. I just disagree with you."

What exactly do you disagree with, John? "Civil marriage"? Well sweetcheeks, Warren Entsch et al are pushing for civil unions, not civil marriages - and yes, there are significant differences between the two. It's why so many same-sex marriage opponents can bite their tongues long enough to give civil unions a passing thought.

And by the way, how the hell are civil unions a "cop-out"? It would make sense, in a prejudiced, bigoted sort of way, if he argued civil unions went "too far", but a "cop-out"? A cop-out would be pretending inequality does not exist and avoiding taking any steps to rectify the situation - you know, what this government has essentially done for the last 10 years.

So it's lovely to see the party room deigning to "(vow) yesterday to tackle discrimination against gay couples in superannuation, veterans benefits and Medicare entitlements". Again, ten years overdue but it's a start. Whether this actually happens or not is, as with so many guarantees of this government, only a 50/50 bet.

And while we're there, how about getting around to the discrimination that also exists in welfare, taxation, family law and parenting? Or would this be a "cop-out", too?

Sam sent me this email which sums up perfectly the complete and total infuriation that is John Winston Howard:

"Seriously though, it annoys me because JH is just "i disagree with you", as if equal rights/liberties/etc should all depend on his fucking opinion. GRRR. He's so hypocritical, in a few weeks from now he'll give a speech on how equal and tolerant australia is. AS IF. So frustrating."

9 Comments:

At 8/2/06 2:14 pm, Blogger Sam said...

Quoting me is so hott right now.

 
At 8/2/06 2:54 pm, Blogger Alexander said...

Yer, he makes me really really fuckin cranky too! All that Christian understanding, love, compassion and understanding, make me all gushy.

 
At 8/2/06 6:56 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yahoo have a poll on JH statement today.

http://au.yahoo.com/poll/hp_y7_poll.html

 
At 8/2/06 11:27 pm, Blogger Dawei said...

I can't believe you two email each other about politics! Get a room!

 
At 9/2/06 9:02 am, Blogger Sam said...

You always seem so distressed about Sam and I communicating with one another Daw, I can only assume it's driven by jealousy because you want to sex one or both of us.

 
At 9/2/06 10:17 am, Blogger Dawei said...

Yes, I want to be the meat in a Sam sandwich.

 
At 9/2/06 10:25 am, Anonymous bazza said...

As British Australians and their partners can now take the British "Civil Union Registration", a poll of those eligble would be interesting.

ie: Age, education, occupation and income.

Should these couples take up the option of moving to England, it would show the loss for Australia.

Just another gay-agitprop idea!

 
At 9/2/06 3:50 pm, Anonymous kate said...

what I want to know is when Warren Entsch become a wacky bleeding heart queer lover?

I was in shock when I saw it in the papers, fancy, a Liberal senator who wants to do something for human rights?

 
At 9/2/06 5:19 pm, Blogger JahTeh said...

Warren Entsch isn't standing for Parliament again so he has nothing to lose.

 

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