The Australian Government has proposed a plebiscite to decide the controversial issue of same-sex marriage which has sparked claims that it will lead to a rise in homophobia in the community.
With the timing and question of the plebiscite yet to be announced, here are 10 not so commonly discussed questions in the same-sex marriage debate.
- Why and when did “same-sex marriage” become “marriage equality”?
- Did the homosexual rights movement gain more support when its social standing was elevated to matters of equality?
- Why did sections of the homosexual rights movement in the early 20th century oppose the notion of marriage (perceive same-sex marriage as a threat to homosexual freedoms)?
- Is same-sex marriage the final end-game for the homosexual rights movement or what else remains unresolved?
- Is “Australian Marriage Equality” the most representative of the pro same-sex marriage side in the campaign?
- Rodney Croome, co-founder of “Australian Marriage Equality” says that not all opposition to same-sex marriage is homophobic or bigoted (contradicting the populist view that all opposition is intolerant), can pro same-sex marriage campaign please provide an example of non-homophobic opposition to their campaign?
- Apart from many Conservatives and religious groups, who are the other main opponents of same-sex marriage?
- Although the Australian Labor Party’s official policy is in favour of “marriage equality”, a number of its sitting Parliamentary members are opposed – who are they and how will they be treated in the Labor Party?
- Many pro same-sex marriage advocates are calling for a free vote in Parliament instead of a plebiscite highlighting that just over 50% of sitting members are in favour. Is the pro same-sex marriage campaign satisfied with the changing of the Marriage Act by a small majority in the vote or should the broader picture be to win support from a larger majority?
- What does the Government and the pro same-sex marriage campaign believe should happen to opponents once the Marriage Act is changed?
This article was first published in The Typewriter
Roydon Ng is a freelance journalist, blogger and web designer based from Sydney, Australia.