WHY IS MARRIAGE ABOUT SEX?
Mankind, from the earliest of times, has been driven to live within a community and to have the intimacy of a loving and committed relationship with the person of their choice.
By Christian tradition this relationship would only be solemnised by a Christian Church in the form of marriage if the union was between a man and a woman.
In the mid-19th Century, the Courts defined marriage as “the voluntary union for life of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.
S5(1) of the Marriage Act 1961 continues this definition; “the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life”
Why do we as a society, refuse to consider or allow a conscious vote by our elected representatives to determine whether the fundamental right of an individual to choose with whom they wish to enter into a union to the exclusion of all others for life should or should not be solemnised? The Answer must be fear.
We as a nation have recently reflected on the achievements of Gough Whitlam. Included in this was the Parliament considering the question of no fault divorce and being allowed a conscience vote to decide the issue.
Why? Because society recognised the need for couples to be in and remain in a marriage as a voluntary choice was a fundamental right.
On what basis in today’s society is the argument able to be maintained that society has a fundamental right to prevent mature law abiding persons the right to choose their partner and have society recognise this relationship in marriage.
Couples, whether they are in a heterosexual or homosexual relationship, are able to raise children and participate in all of societies’ activities; except marriage. To deny these people the right to choose to marry by preserving a definition which excludes same sex couples is the ultimate demonstration of homophobic behaviour and ignorance as a nation.
This is not a debate about whether our society is Christian or secular. It is about fear and misunderstanding. To refuse to determine the issue either by referendum or a conscious vote denies society as a whole the right to determine how collectively we should live between ourselves.
Finally the High Court of Australia has said that the Commonwealth has the power to make laws for same sex marriage. See The Commonwealth v Australian Capital Territory  HCA 55 at paragraph 56 “It is necessary to bear steadily in mind that the Federal Parliament has power under s 51(xxi) to make a national law with respect to same sex marriage”.
As anyone will tell you who is married; MARRIAGE is never about SEX.