Unfortunately, it seems my optimism about equal rights for same sex couples was a little premature. I note that John Howard has quashed the ACT’s proposed civil union laws, and the Australian Christian Lobby has said that this was right.
I have no problem with religious groups setting their own rules about who can and can’t marry within their religion. That is their right. I can have a view one way or the other about whether they are right, but unless I choose to be a part of the religion, I don’t think it’s up to me to determine their rules. But I do not think that religious groups of any “flavour” should have a power of veto over same sex civil unions, which by their very nature, do not involve God or questions of religion at all.
That’s my five cents’ worth.