The Australian Government has now decided to hold a voluntary plebiscite on same-sex marriage, an issue that has brought out the worst in those opposed to it.

Only recently, a candidate from a far-right political party in that country was disendorsed for stating that gay people should be treated as patients, and we now know that homosexuality is NOT a mental health condition, but rather a variation of human sexuality. What is a mental health condition is the effect that having to suppress their sexuality takes upon them, particularly those in religious families.

Gay people are known to experience higher rates of depression and anxiety brought about by possible self-loathing and this is not assisted by some families’, churches’ and community attitudes towards homosexuality.

With improvements in knowledge and greater social acceptance of homosexuality, not to mention gay panic laws being overturned in some states (the defence that if a person killed a person believing that they had sexual intentions towards them), surely same-sex marriage should be allowed as a final bastion against equality that needs to be smashed down.

People can no more control or choose their sexual orientation than they can their eye or hair colour or gene pool.

What is needed is for the government to move with the times and the search for credible arguments against same sex marriage will be about as effective as the search for fairies at the bottom of the garden.

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