Broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 3 Feb 2013.
In a move lampooned as yet another attempt to alienate homosexuals, New Zealand man Russell Morrison has made headlines around the world for suggesting, at a public hearing on same-sex marriage legislation, that referring to gay marriage as “sarriage” would end current community divisions.
Mr Morrison said the words “marry” and “marriage” referred to a union between a man and a woman so it made sense to use “sarry” and “sarriage” for same-sex couples.
But the few same-sex attracted people who actually want their intimate relationships solemnised in a wedding ceremony want to call their unions “marriage.” That’s the point.
They don’t want “sarriage.” They don’t want civil unions. They don’t want “nuptualisation.” They want to mimic marriage, which by definition and long cultural tradition is the union of one man and one woman. And a large number of Australians want it to remain that way.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.