On 21 July Australian Foreign Correspondent ran the story on Gay Marriage – the “popular vote” in Ireland.
I found this story inspiring, and wondered what was holding Australia back in accepting ‘Marriage for All’, or ‘Marriage Equality’. Why are we dragging our sandals in the sand? Holy Catholic Ireland. A country where 84% of its population identify as Catholic embraced the popular vote for Gay Marriage in unprecedented numbers. Why was that? I believe religion held the key. Where once the Catholic Church held the moral high ground, preaching to their flock of the intrinsic moral evil of homosexuality, whilst the awful truth behind the pious rhetoric, exposed a hellish Ireland, where for decades Catholic children were subjected to horrendous acts of sexual, mental and physical abuse at the hands of the very people charged with protecting them.
But from the suffering and pain of Ireland’s abuse victims, Ireland found the courage and strength to disregard the Church’s ruling on Marriage Equality and say NO to exclusivity and YES to equality.
The Victorian State Government has recently launched a campaign – ‘Embrace Diversity’ – we have much to gain by opening our hearts and minds to understanding and accepting others regardless of race, sex or gender.
I embrace diversity, do you?