“New” legal union for same-sex couples just reiterates existing rights?

Marriage-Alliance-Australia-legal-Union.jpgThe innocuous sounding term “marriage equality” has nothing to do with making same-sex relationships equal to heterosexual relationships under the law.

Same-sex couples are realising – while lawyers are capitalising on – the existing equality within Australia’s laws.

Take a recent case that happened right here in Australia: two women have gotten “married” in Queensland in a new legal union known as an “Evermore Pledge”. 

While not a marriage, the union packages already existing legal rights into an attractive bundle.

The couple, Alee Fogarty and Carly Naughton, even commented on how simple the legal side of the bundle of rights was:

“She said there wasn’t much paperwork involved in the pledge, but they did talk over the phone with lawyers who made them aware of their obligations.”

While supporters of same-sex marriage are gushing over this couple’s legal union, there is an irony that seems to escape them. The lawyers who created the Evermore Pledge have said that the rights sought by same-sex marriage campaigners already exist.

David Dudderidge of Nevile and Co. Commercial Lawyers said the Evermore Pledge simply packaged up already existing rights, rather than creating any new ones. The pledge costs between $1999 and $6999. 

The Evermore Pledge is a sign that the “legal equality” argument for same-sex marriage is invalid.

As Naughton told the Daily Mail:

'For us, it's not about a wedding ceremony or to be all lovey dovey. We wanted to be able to have the legal rights to secure our future and the future for our children,' Ms Naughton told Daily Mail Australia. 

'Marriage is different to everyone - it's definitely about love and for us, what appeals to us most is the legal side of things, whether we're terminally ill or someone gets sick or dies. 

'We wanted to have the security of knowing we could be by each other's side if anything serious happens. Like if we need to plan their funeral or make the decision to turn off their life support.'

The website for the Evermore Pledge, New Way to Wed, says: 

There is a new way to wed… ALL couples, regardless of sexual orientation, race and religion, have the same rights as those married under the Marriage Act 1961.

M2.1 Independent Legal Evermore Pledge is a legal and practical agreement between two loving individuals.

It is a recognised and respected legal unity that does not discriminate nor hinder the equality of love, formalities and basic human rights of any person, regardless of how they identify themselves or with whom they choose to combine their lives. 

The rights already exist – the Evermore Pledge just packages them differently to make them sound more attractive.

The law already provides legal rights and provisions for same-sex couples. The marriage law does not need to be changed to achieve this. 

Yet, the LGBTI lobby are dead-set on redefining marriage. 

Even fervent supporters of same-sex marriage know that the legal situation will hardly change as a result of changing the definition of marriage. The legal rights argument is not valid, because the rights already exist.

As vocal plebiscite opponent Tanya Plibersek put it in 2015, laws have already been changed to accommodate for equal rights of same-sex couples. 

"Well, we changed 85 laws at the time, Leigh. We removed every piece of legal discrimination against gay men, lesbians and same-sex couples on the statute books."

This fight is not about LGBTI ‘rights’ – it is solely about co-opting marriage to fit the LGBTI agenda.  As Dr Jay Michaelson put it:

“[T]here is some truth to the conservative claim that gay marriage is changing, not just expanding, marriage.  According to a 2013 study, about half of gay marriages surveyed (admittedly, the study was conducted in San Francisco) were not strictly monogamous.   This fact is well-known in the gay community—indeed, we assume it’s more like three-quarters. But it’s been fascinating to see how my straight friends react to it. Some feel they’ve been duped: They were fighting for marriage equality, not marriage redefinition.

 In their ‘fight’ for ‘marriage equality,’ same-sex marriage supporters are in fact anti-everything that renders marriage meaningful. To say the least, the irony is extreme.  

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