Get on board with Facebook’s #LoveIs Letter

There’s a new trend taking to Facebook over the last couple of days to help Australian’s take action and raise awareness against the continued discrimination faced by the LGBT community.

So, what is it?

The #LoveIs Letter circulates between friends and family, making its way through different social circles as a way to bring the ongoing, cruel and often violent discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgenders back into the spot light. As an extension of the current debate for same-sex marriage, the letter raises concern about the issue and informs people that the legalisation of same-sex marriage will help demolish this bigotry.

How does it work? 

It’s as simple as A,B,C! Participants take action by spreading the letter through a Facebook status which asks them to attach a photo that finishes the sentence “#LoveIs___” and tag friends to do the same…

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How do I become part of the Trend? 

You don’t have to be tagged to spread the love! Just copy and paste the below text and follow the instructions.

Let’s make a change…

118,962 Aussies marry each year, but there are still over 35,000 couples who can’t.

Such discrimination saw 1,798 murders across 62 countries between 2008 and 2015. That’s one LGBT killing every two days! The 2016 Orlando massacre killed 49 people and injured 53 others, making it the worse mass shooting in U.S history.

1 in 4 gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people have experienced physical or verbal abuse in the last 3 years. This may not be you, but it could be a friend, family or someone you know.

Let’s end LGBT discrimination by showing others that it should be ok to love and to marry, no matter what. Help #ChangeAustralia by taking a step towards marriage equality.

Because love knows no gender, and neither should marriage.

Spread the love by posting this as your status and attaching a photo that finishes the sentence: “#LoveIs ___________.”

Tag 4 mates to do the same!

EJ

MYTH 3: Same-sex marriage opens the doors to other marriages, like a woman marrying their cat.

Many opposers to same-sex marriage argue that legalising this form of marriage will open the doors to polygamy, beastiality and incest.

One common argument from those that oppose same-sex marriage is that, if Australia were to legalise gay marriage, the nation will be one step closer to accepting polygamy, incest, objectophilia and beastiality.

However, have polygamists and other types of unconventional relationship advocates ever used same-sex marriage to justify their own marriage perspectives? The answer is no.

That’s because when discussing gay marriage, it’s clear that we are speaking about a legal agreement between two consenting adults, and not the idea of marriages or relationships between an adult and multiple other adults, an adult and a child, an adult and an animal, or even an adult and an inanimate object.

The fact is that the Australian Marriage Act currently states that matrimony is defined as the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life. Removing such a statement to include the marriage of same-sex couples will not open the doors to those wanting to marry something other than another human being. Also with the ability to divorce and, not to mention, the increasing rate of marriage dissolutions, if the section regarding “entered into for life” is no longer relevant and has been altered to keep up to date with contemporary society, then how come the section “the exclusion of all others” has not?

We are all arguing for one issue: to overcome and accept same-sex marriage, which will have no effect and will create no precedents for polygamous, incestuous or any other such relationships, just like it will have no affect on heterosexual marriages.

Plus, most animals don’t have opposable thumbs, which means they can’t sign marriage contracts, and even if they do… well, they can’t consent to it anyway.

EJ

Rio Olympics Prove Sexuality Doesn’t Matter

The Rio Olympics are seriously kicking off…

First, we witnessed a marriage proposal on field (which could possibly be the most romantic thing we’ve ever seen at the games), where Brazilian woman’s rugby sevens player Isadora Cerullo was proposed to by her long-term girlfriend and manager, Marjorie Enya. Enya took centre stage at Deodoro stadium following her girlfriend’s rugby finals with heart shaped balloons, making a heart warming speech before asking her girlfriend to marry her.

Enya said; “She is the love of my life. The Olympic Games can look like a closure but, for me, it’s starting a new life with someone.. I wanted to show people that love wins.”
(Find the full article by The Guardian here).

Not only this, but Nike has recently aired it’s first ever advertisement with a Transgender athlete. Chris Mosier, being the first transgender athlete to make the US men’s Olympic team, has become Nike’s newest ambassador in their most recent mass television advertisement.

Mosier says “Everything that I’ve done in the last five, six years since I started to transition, has been with [a] ‘Just Do It’ mindset.” As part of Nike’s Unlimited Campaign, this duathlete has definitely ‘just done it,’ having broken through the invisible glass wall to compete at an international level in a sport he truly loves…

According to Outsports, there are at least 45 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex athletes competing in Rio this year and there are several athletes taking part in the Paralympics as well!

There’s no doubt that the Rio Olympic Games are breaking boundaries, not only in world records, but also in bringing further acceptance of individuals that identify themselves as something other than heterosexual!

You can be part of the solution. Make a change and let love win by joining #TeamEquality here!

EJ

Myth 1: Marriage is an ancient institution that shouldn’t be changed

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If anything, there’s one thing this ancient institution (and society as a whole) is not, and that’s static. A lot of things were considered ‘tradition’ and were ‘always the way they are’ until they were changed and improved. Lets take a retrospective look on some examples:

– Dowries being paid for arranged marriages
– Unions between cousins for political relations (commonly practiced by European royalty)
– Slavery
– Dictatorships by kings and emperors
– Human sacrifice rituals
– Witch hunts
– Curing physical illnesses with spells and magic

Should we go back to doing all of this? No.

Sometimes change is good.

Due to the realization of the evils, fallacies or to simply keep up with the dynamism of contemporary society, these ‘traditions’ must be broken to make way for new, fairer and all inclusive conventions.

Plus, no one is proposing changes to heterosexual marriages in any way, shape or form. So what’s the problem?

Help #ChangeAustralia for the better

“To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health, until death do us part.” Extending the boundaries to include same-sex couples doesn’t weaken this definition of marriage – It reinforces it.

Welcome to From the Closet to the Aisle, a project aimed at overcoming marriage inequality and towards the recognition of same-sex marriage in Australia. Here, we believe in beating this ongoing issue by educating, supporting and debunking the misconceptions associated with gay marriage. Together, we can take action and help achieve marital recognition for gay and lesbian couples!

How?
– Join the conversation on social media by hashtaging #ChangeAustralia
– Share your comments, experiences, opinions and ideas with us
– Take action! Sign the petition to help make marriage a reality for all Australians.

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Remember, love doesn’t discriminate and neither should Australia.