Growing up you believe the world is meant to be the way it is. The older I get the more I realise that this is not the case. The world is full of injustices and atrocities that governments and the voice of faith expect us to accept, though with each passing year they grow fewer and fewer, at least one would hope. I have created this blog as a space for me to rant about all things science, politics, philosophy and religion, before it’s too late and the vessel of new atheism propelled by a growing surge in secularism solves all of the world’s problems for good.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Brazil beating us to the punch...

Brazil's Supreme Court just ruled in favor of recognizing same-sex unions, unanimously too.

Brazil's Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that the nation should recognize same-sex unions.
The court voted 10-0 in favor of recognizing the unions. One justice abstained because he had spoken publicly in favor of same-sex unions when he was attorney general.
The court ruled that the same rights and rules that apply to "stable unions" of heterosexual couples will apply to same-sex couples, including the right to joint declaration of income tax, pension, inheritance and property sharing.
The ruling does not allow same-sex marriage, but gay rights activists hailed it as an important advance for same-sex couples. Previously, decisions related to same-sex unions were left for judges to evaluate on a case-by-case basis.

Why are we still arguing about this here in Australia, where the ACT is the only place to recognise same-sex unions here. This is what the wiki page has to say about it (Also see). To me it seems like a question of basic human rights, and currently we're denying same-sex couples the same right to unions recognised by the law as other couples receive.
Since 1994 the ACT has had the Domestic Relationships Act 1994[47] becoming the first jurisdiction in Australia to "acknowledge same-gender couples legally". This provided for distribution of property and finances in the event of a separation, and inheritance in the event of death. On 16 August 2003, The ACT enacted laws relating to same-sex adoption.
Where our states and territories
currently stand on same-sex unions
With our backflipping Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who originally was for gay-marriage, now being opposed to it in order to appease the Christian voters and politicians. So who knows whether or not where Australia stands on same-sex unions is going to change in the near future. Though it doesn't seem like she is opposed to unions for gays.

"We believe the marriage act is appropriate in its current form, that is recognising that marriage is between a man and a woman, but we have as a government taken steps to equalise treatment for gay couples," - PM Julia Gillard.
There's no reason for us to keep holding back on this one, the rest of the world are getting there, including even backward Christian dominated America, which currently has gay marriage in a number of states. Time to pull our thumbs out and stop pandering to the moronic supernatural agenda of the christian groups and support equal rights for all!

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