Equality

Today I was unfortunate enough to receive a leaflet through my door entitled “10 reasons why the government is wrong to redefine marriage”. It came with a bonus leaflet tucked inside called “Stop David Cameron destroying Britain’s families with same sex marriage proposals”.

Now, I freely admit that I am no fan of David Cameron or his government, but some decisions are the right ones no matter who makes them. These leaflets are a sugary sanitised collection of lies and bigotry, and it makes me feel ashamed to be living in the same country as the same people (Coalition for Marriage Limited, and Society for the Protection of Unborn Children) who think it is OK to preach such hate – a thankfully rare occurrence here.

The text contained within is not only offensive to gays, but should also be offensive to anyone who believes in equality and human rights.

This issue is about nothing more than equality. Just as it was wrong to discriminate against other races, and other sexes, it is equally wrong to discriminate against those with alternative sexualities. That this primary-school basic fact of human nature somehow hasn’t made it into the heads of so many people, enough to form a campaign group, is depressing.

It’s especially sickening to see marriage equality portrayed as bad for children because, as the bonus leaflet says, “society will no longer prioritise their main need, which is to be brought up by the people that conceived them”.

Adoptive parents, widows and widowers should be offended and outraged at this comparison. Worse is the line “Marriage won’t be about commitment to bearing and raising children”. Is marriage about that now? Is it illegal for the sterile to get married? Is it illegal for those too old to bear children to get married?

The leaflet continues, often descending into the outright absurd with statements such as “Being male or female will be meaningless, if any combination can get married”. Basic facts of biology would like to disagree with you.

The final point, so often wheeled out by anti-equality campaigners, is that marriage is “an institution” and “traditional” and so we shouldn’t be changing it.

Well I’m sorry but in human history sexism, racism, and brutality to anyone different was “traditional” too, but we got over it. We grew up.

Let’s all grow up.

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