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Neither does the support of TV stars, comedians, or even Bono. It is not even the case that "all the surveys say Australians want it" is a sufficient argument.
The surveys say that Australians want capital punishment.
To remove the sexual specificity from the notion of marriage makes marriage not a realisation of the bodily difference between male and female that protects and dignifies each, but simply a matter of choice.
This is precisely what many pro-revision advocates themselves argue: that a new definition of marriage would establish marriage as a new thing altogether. J Graff puts it, a change in marriage law would mean that marriage would "ever after stand for sexual choice, forcutting the link between sex and diapers".
We are told there are those in favour of same-sex marriage, and then there are the bigots.
But allow me to make the case for traditional marriage as being between one man and one woman, writes Michael Jensen.
It is the meaning of marriage that emerges from all human cultures as they reflect on and experience what it is to be male and female. When I ask them about marriage, they almost always indicate that it is for them the beginning of a new family unit open to welcoming children.
It is only in the last 15 years that anyone has seriously thought differently. A child is a tangible expression of our sexed twoness.
Another is that I stand adamantly against the bullying and vilification of people of minority sexual identities.
But simply saying "it's time" doesn't make an argument.
Neither does the need to keep up with the O'Haras, the Smiths, and the Pedersens.
Wisely, our politicians don't listen to surveys on that issue (and I agree with them).
They should exercise leadership, not follow opinion.