Today the President of the United States of America Barack Obama stated that after much consideration and discussions with family and friends he personally supports same sex marriage. This is an excellent statement to make and a very brave thing for a man currently running for re-election to make comment on…BUT
The decision of LAW on same sex marriage is dependant on each State. As in the case of Loving v. Virginia it is up to each State to change their laws on what is considered a legal marriage. In 1958, in the case of the Lovings, it was to allow interracial marriage. In 2012, it’s for same sex marriage.
In Australia, Julie Gillard has now been challenged to state her personal opinion on gay marriage. The problem with this is simple..she already has. On June 30, 2010 when she first appropriated the Prime Ministership from Kevin Rudd she answered this very question on behalf of herself and her party. You can read the entire article here in it she states:
“We believe the marriage act is appropriate in its current form, that is recognising that marriage is between a man and a woman, but we have as a government taken steps to equalise treatment for gay couples,” Ms Gillard said.
Asked if that was also her personal view, Ms Gillard said it was.”
What many fail to realise is it’s not Ms. Gillard’s personal opinion that needs to be changed….it’s the law. We, the public need to show our support for the private member’s bill proposed by Senators Wilkie and Bandt and encourage our local representatives that the Amendment to the Marriage Act 2012 should be passed.
Don’t get me wrong…having Obama state he personally supports same sex marriage is a step in the right direction but until it’s law it’s really just words.