I have made in clear in the past that I care not two hoots about gay marriage. But over many years, I have learnt to my surprise that it is not all about me, and many gay people, including lesbians as gay, do care very much about the right to marry their loved one. It is not for me to understand, but it is for me to judge. So why shouldn't they get married if they want to? If my fellow gays are silly enough to get mixed up in religion and antiquated practices, why shouldn't they get married in a church?
Our PM Julia Gillard was handed a somewhat poisoned chalice and I fully understand that she has to play politics. I can even understand her reluctance to address the matter of gay marriage. But when she was directly asked, point blank, her opinion, she clearly stated that she did not approve.
What? She is my age, she grew up in my time. She is educated. She was even once a lefty and a bit radical. She mixes widely. Cheap shot yes, but she lives in sin with her partner.
Sorry Julia. I understand politics, but I can't get past your firm statement. Maybe you will explain it in your memoirs.