December 10, 2004

humanity and human rights

In her speach on the Civil Union Bill, Judy Turner said something I think is interesting.

"I, for instance, do not believe that marriage is a human right. I believe that human rights are about those things that add to one’s survival and to what it means to be human—anything that contributes to one’s humanness."

Which I think is a massive contradiction.

I'm aware of the lurking miasma of insinuating that people who aren't in relationships just to my right. What I think I mean is that the process of being in (some) relationships adds to people's humanness. I think relationships can contain some of the hardest work and greatest achievements in a person's life. This adds very much to people's humanness.

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In the same debate, Lockwood Smith apologised twice for voting against the Homosexual Law Reform Bill in 1986. And once for (I think) voting against the Human Rights Amendment in the early 1990s.

And still didn't vote for the CU Bill.

Posted by carla at December 10, 2004 07:54 AM
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