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Votes for equal marriage.
I'm not so sure that that is a good thing, time will tell. I'm not against homosexual relationships per-se (it does go against my religious beliefs but if you do not follow my tenets, then you may, or may not, as the case may be, feel the compunction to follow them) but I fail to see how marriage is going to solve the issues when a simple law change in relation to rights of succession, et al, would have had the same effect. What gets on my craw is the homosexual lobby jumping up and down and screaming how "normal" they are, much like a spoilt child carries on when it does not get its own way. If they just got on with life, most people would care less what they got up to in the bedroom.
What is interesting about it is that a Catholic country has voted for equality. This change to the law has been democratically chosen not foisted on the populace. It was a massive turnout and huge majority so it is not a "lobby". The religious beliefs of the church going minority are no longer controlling opinion or law.
I think that is the point, Mary, true Irish Christians (of any abomination) are few and far between. Just because they go to church does not make them an adherent of the tenets of that faith any more than living in a garage makes me a car.
That was my point, BG, homosexuals are normal people who have made a choice to "advertise" their sexuality as a "badge of honour". We have a "Gay
and Lesbian Mardis Gras" which is well attended and supported, Had someone set up A "Straight and Heterosexual Mardis Gras" you'd hear the
complains from the moon!!!
We have similar issues here with some of our Aboriginal Population. Not because of their sexuality, but because of their Race. Some people are just "more equal" than others! Every form we have to fill out has the question "Are you Aboriginal or Torres Straight Islander?" Who Cares what your race (sexuality) is when all you are doing is telling the government how much you earned last year!!!!
Sorry, discrimination, against white heterosexual anglo-saxon males is more rife than any other "minority" group (women included) in this world!
It's only now that after decades of white male dominance that people are being allowed to compete on a level playing field. Now that women, Asians,
proponents of alternative lifestyles HAVE to be treated equally some white males are not getting what they think is their right. Many white males
lack the education or skill when compared with the population at large for the available job - or whatever. In a competitive market you need to have
the skill for the job not the colour of the skin.
As to Aboriginal being on a form, it will have originally been put on to rule out discrimination no doubt as a monitoring device. It may seem odd but some treaty or other will have offered Aboriginal people some sort of sweetner to agree to pay taxes on what was afterall their own country. They probably get a tiny rebate that the incomers like you don't get.
I've a foot in both camps here. It matters to me.
That was my point, Mary, I could care less what colour you were, or what colour you wear. If you are "qualified" and "able" to do a job then race/sexuality should not come into it, however.... there are circumstances where sex/sexuality or handicap may preclude you. Frinstance, if you ran a school that is faith based, the school should have the right to discriminate against people who were not willing to adhere to the tenets of that faith. Would you be happy employing a blind man to drive your kids to school?
I was thinking more along the lines of employment, BG, not as students. However, if parents choose to send their children to a faith based school they must, at least, agree to the fact that their children will be taught with an emphasis on those principles, and may be required to participate accordingly (i.e. attending mass et. al.)