The passing of the Irish referendum on same-sex marriage has triggered a round of Australian advocates announcing that it is now "our turn".
We lag behind the UK, many European countries, some states in the US, and (perish the thought!
Now, I didn't pluck this definition from the sky, nor is it simply a piece of religious teaching.To remove the sexual specificity from the notion of marriage makes marriage not a realisation of the bodily difference between male and female that protects and dignifies each, but simply a matter of choice.This is precisely what many pro-revision advocates themselves argue: that a new definition of marriage would establish marriage as a new thing altogether. J Graff puts it, a change in marriage law would mean that marriage would "ever after stand for sexual choice, forcutting the link between sex and diapers".Neither does the support of TV stars, comedians, or even Bono. It is not even the case that "all the surveys say Australians want it" is a sufficient argument.The surveys say that Australians want capital punishment.
As we now understand it, marriage is not merely the expression of a love people have for each other.