May 172008

On Friday, Californian time, that US state’s Supreme Court ruled that denying the societal precept of marriage to same-sex partnerships is tantamount to being unconstitutional under US law.

The path toward equality for homosexually oriented human beings is a long one, and the end is not yet in sight. However, lights cast on the discriminatory behaviours of heterosexually oriented, christian driven governments in the western world by this ruling in America’s largest, most populated state will drive back many shadows.

The wording of the court’s decision is a damning indictment on governments and societies which are yet to acknowledge that human beings are equal on all levels.

"Our state now recognises that an individual’s capacity to establish a loving and long-term committed relationship with another person, and responsibly to care for and raise children, does not depend upon the individual’s sexual orientation, and more generally that an individual’s sexual orientation — like a person’s race or gender — does not constitute a legitimate basis upon which to deny or withhold legal rights. The exclusion of same-sex couples from the designation of marriage works a real and appreciable harm upon same-sex couples and their children."

If that statement had only included references to societal affectations as well as legal standings, then considerable fingers of shame could be justly pointed at many other governments and societies throughout the world, including that of Australia. There truly is no justification for any society to discriminate against any union, be it heterosexual or homosexual, by not permitting the simple acknowledgement of a bonding through the word ‘marriage’

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