18 Aug 2015
August 18, 2015

Marriage Equality

I, Paul Meagher JP Marriage Celebrant wish to formally express my support for Marriage Equality.

As President Obama said: Marriage Equality “… is a consequence of the countless small acts of courage of millions of people across decades who stood up, who came out, who talked to parents — parents who loved their children no matter what.  Folks who were willing to endure bullying and taunts, and stayed strong, and came to believe in themselves and who they were, and slowly made an entire country realize that love is love.”

In contemporary Australia, however, some couples are denied the opportunity to share the joy of this moment. As marriage equality is not recognised, couples in same-sex relationships do not enjoy the same rights and are not treated with the same dignity as other Australians.

Bigotry in any form diminishes us as humans, and after all, mighty oaks grow from tiny acorns.

As a believer in the fundamental right of all adult loving persons to have the same recognition afforded, legally and socially, to their decision to share their lives in Marriage.

Those who are anti marriage equality seem to be missing that this is an issue that is way bigger than whether two blokes or two woman can get married. It goes right to the heart of whether it is ethical or moral or right to allow the law to be used to deny equality under civil/secular law to a proportion of the community based on an inherent characteristic over which they have no control.

As a celebrant, I believe I have an important role to play in promoting inclusion and tolerance. I support diversity in society and recognise the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Australians to marry.

Australia is a robust democracy with a proud history of social reform. This should continue, with all citizens being treated equally, including those who are currently excluded from the institution of marriage.

Marriage is a celebration that joins people together and denying same-sex couples this opportunity limits us as a society. Equal Marriage is the only truly fair. It will create a climate where the bonds of love and commitment are recognised equally and celebrated widely.

The ability to make equal commitments is fair and just. Discrimination is not.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Meagher