Lesbian activist Masha Gessen admitted at the 2012 Sydney Writer’s Festival, “Fighting for gay marriage generally involved lying about what we are going to do with marriage, because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change. And that is a lie. The institution of marriage is going to change, and it should change, and again, I don’t think it should exist.”
Australian polyamorist Rachelle White said on 6PR Radio Perth in 2012, “I do think we need to address same-sex marriage… get some closure on that before we do move forward and look at polyamorous marriage and marriage for those in other relationship configurations.” The same arguments for ‘SSM’ also mean overseas polygamy ought to be recognised here.
In 2008, 85 federal statutes and provisions were changed to remove discrimination against gay and lesbian people. It is illogical for government to legislate to forcibly make different relationships equal, for example a trade union and a business. Society is meant to benefit from the differences.
In Australia, we have three kinds of relationships for different situations. All have near-identical legal status (states differ slightly): Defacto relationships for unmarried men and women who live together; Registered/Civil Unions in five states for gay and lesbian couples who live together; Marriage for a man and a woman who voluntarily and exclusively live together.