Interesting comments on same-sex marriage

Gay right to wed ‘not special, just equal’
Christchurch Press 27 July 2012
…However, a stalwart of the gay community said the “average gay guy couldn’t give a toss” about legalising same sex marriages. Bruce Williamson, who has run gay nightclubs in Christchurch since the early 1980s, was “not even remotely interested in the issue”. “The average gay guy couldn’t care less about anything that resembles the institution of conventional heterosexual marriage,” he said. “It has no relevance to their lives. The majority couldn’t give a toss about it and I have no idea why people are obsessing over it.” The drawing of the bill was a “non-event” for Williamson, and he said many people in the gay and lesbian community were asking “why we are discussing it” via online blogs and forums. He believed the controversial issue was “being driven by only a few people who enjoy a good bandwagon to climb on”, but the issue of same-sex marriages was not a “common topic of conversation” in Christchurch’s gay community. “I don’t need validity of any relationship I am in, and in my experience others feel the same way. People couldn’t care less about it,” he said.


3 comments for “Interesting comments on same-sex marriage

  1. Rhona
    26 July 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Yes, just as there are liberal Christians like retired US Anglican Bishop Spong who support homosexual and lesbian marriage. Your point?

  2. Bob
    27 July 2012 at 1:15 am

    Many in the gay community don’t want gay marriage, and many who have civil unions find the insinuation that civil unions being 2nd rate as insulting

    As we say, marriage doesn’t need to be redefined. Same sex couples already can have their relationship recognized

    Time to focus on important issues such as family poverty, child abuse, the recession, asset sales, and getting people out of unemployment

  3. Rhona
    27 July 2012 at 2:04 pm

    However, there are many liberal Christians who support the idea of homosexual and lesbian marriage because they believe in the universal applicability and desirability of monogamy as a human norm. And as the Bountiful case thankfully showed in British Columbia, at least most western societies are willing to restrict the essential basis of marriage to monogamy.

    I think the issues that you raise are important as well. The problem is that any opponents of homosexual and lesbian marriage are going to be fighting an intensive uphill battle…

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