Today in my hometown of Canberra, a “Marriage Equality” bill was passed in the ACT Legislative Assembly (the local government). Though it made it through, the bill faces a big challenge as it comes up against our federal government, who it is fair to say, are a bit conservative. With the expectation of a High Court challenge, the ACT government made a few amendments to the bill yesterday, which limits recognition to “same-sex” identifying couples, excluding those who identify as “X”, that is, neither male nor female. So, while emotions of joy and pride are riding high for some, there is still a concerning question of exclusion. Plus there is always the old conundrum…Of course we should have marriage equality! But should we have marriage? So, as we consider the alphabet soup of love, sex and gender, here’s an ABC of my thoughts on this issue…
A is for Abbott: such a conservative twat
B is for bride + bride: what’s so wrong with that?
C is for Canberra: hooray for taking a stand
D is for danger: but who counts in this demand?
E is for equality: for most, thereabout
F is for fighting: some wins, but some doubt…
G is for good times: gay marriage for all!
H is for hang on: we have some amendments y’all
I is for ignored: who’s left outside this debate?
J is for justice: the law will determine your fate
K is for kinky: no wacky weddings my dear!
L is for love: as long as it’s “normal”, not queer
M is for meaning: life-time commitment, a ring
N is for no thanks: marriage is not everyone’s thing
O is for option: limiting marriage? – A blunder
P is for poly: if I have more than one love, I wonder?
Q is for queer: reject all the norms!
R is for romance: sometimes undone by forms
S is for “same-sex”: choose one, or no access?
T is for trans*: no recognition? Call this progress?
U is for undecided: I do believe in love and Cupid
V is for votes: I fear it’s the economy, stupid!
W is for wedding: rainbow cake fo sho
X is for X gender: Canberra says no
Y is for yay: I’m really pleased, every step bit by bit!
Z is for zilch: big flaws for sure, which is just a bit shit