Gay Marriage Should Be Legalized In Australia
Imagine that you’ve met the love of your life, the one who you’ve always dreamed of being with. Imagine you’ve been in a steady, healthy relationship with them for nearly 10 years. You’re an average person; you pay taxes and contribute to society. You live with your partner, and have been for more than 7 years. There couldn’t possibly be anything that could make you love or care for them more, yet still, your dream for a long time now has been to get married. But you can’t. Because your partner happens to be the same-sex as you are. And Australia has legislation against it. Imagine that.
Today, I will be arguing that gay marriages should be legalized in Australia. The conflict arises over whether same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, be required to use a different status, or not have any such rights at all. My first argument is that marriage is about love. Secondly, gays should have the same rights as heterosexuals, and not be discriminated against and finally, the Australian government allows same-sex couples to be in de facto relationships, so why not let them get married?
To start off, marriage is about love. It is a sign of affection and intimacy among two people. In wedding vows, it is heard that marriage is a commitment to love and care for your spouse till death. The sexual orientations of individuals are not mentioned, and so gays can clearly qualify for marriage according to these vows.
Opponents of gay marriage have generally relied on two authorities, the Bible and the dictionary. But in their latest editions, dictionaries have begun to include same-sex couples in the definition of marriage. The phrase ‘long-term relationships between partners of the same-sex’ was added to the original meaning of marriage in the Oxford English Dictionary in 2000. This proves that society as a whole recognises gays as legitimate couples who should be granted the right to marry, which leads me to my next...