Sydney Morning Herald 10 August 2017Family First Comment: Australia are going to be voting on the redefining of marriage – so some interesting commentary is coming out. Especially this one…(PS: Senator Wong (referred to) is a key supporter of same-sex marriage)“On the issue of marriage I think the reality is there is a cultural, religious, historical view around that which we have to respect. The party’s position is very clear that this is an institution that is between a man and a woman.” ….It seems right now no one can make any statement in favour of marriage without being condemned for being a “hater” or “bigot”. However, the statement doesn’t come from Mr Bernardi, but from that other strong-minded senator from South Australia, Penny Wong. Senator Wong articulated the traditional view of marriage in an interview on the Sunday program on network TEN in 2010. It’s a bold statement, sure. But it’s also a fair and reasonable summary of how many Australians feel about marriage. And given that Senator Wong is a woman in a committed lesbian partnership, no one could say the statement was homophobic.”“On the issue of marriage I think the reality is there is a cultural, religious, historical view around that which we have to respect. The party’s position is very clear that this is an institution that is between a man and a woman.”If I told you that was a quote from Cory Bernardi, Lyle Shelton or worse, that oft condemned unreconstructed traditionalist Tony Abbott, would you consider it just more evidence of their homophobia? Many commentators would. It seems right now no one can make any statement in favour of marriage without being condemned for being a “hater” or “bigot”.However, the statement doesn’t come from Mr Bernardi, but from that other strong-minded senator from South Australia, Penny Wong. Senator Wong articulated the traditional view of marriage in an interview on the Sunday program on network TEN in 2010. She spoke it in that calm, emphatic metre which has made her so formidable in our parliament.It’s a bold statement, sure. But it’s also a fair and reasonable summary of how many Australians feel about marriage. And given that Senator Wong is a woman in a committed lesbian partnership, no one could say the statement was homophobic. I accept of course that she was speaking in support of her party’s position while working hard to change it. But do not miss her deeper point – the traditional position deserved respect. She acknowledged that many Australians have traditional views on marriage formed by culture, religion, and history. That is still true.Senator Wong wasn’t homophobic then, and she’s certainly not homophobic now. However she has changed her view on whether the traditional view is one worthy of respect and can be spoken. I won’t take issue with her argument for redefining marriage here. We disagree, no doubt, but I would strongly defend her right to express her beliefs. However, everyone who is passionate about our democracy should take issue with her argument against a plebiscite.READ MORE: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/why-marriage-should-be-between-a-man-and-a-woman-20170810-gxt87w.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James joined Jen and Bill Wednesday morning on The South Florida Morning Show to talk about re-opening the city as the coronavirus pandemic subsides.Mayor James says he will open the city carefully and will follow the data. His main concern is the health of the most vulnerable.The Mayor says he hopes that the city will be able to celebrate 4th on Flagler and honor the city’s 125th anniversary on July 4th. The mayor thanked the residents of West Palm Beach for their patience and for complying with his and the state’s executive orders to socially distance and to stay-at-home. He admits, however, that the shutdown of the city has really hurt the businesses of West Palm Beach. Listen to the full interview here.
Re: “Enron execs Skilling, Lay convicted of conspiracy” (May 26): I was delighted to hear of the guilty verdicts for Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling. These men destroyed people’s lives and now must pay the price. I hope that the appeal process fails and that they spend what’s left of their pathetic lives in the state penitentiary, not some cozy federal institution, though we all know that won’t happen. I say throw them in there with the murderers and rapists. They should both be reminded that you get what you deserve in life, not what you can get away with. – Mauricio W. Muraro AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Sun Valley Chipping in Re: “Stars come out for farmers” (May 25): So Mr. Laura Dern (Ben Harper)laments that he doesn’t have “super, deep, stupid, dough” to buy the land outright from its legal owner – who, by the way, originally lost it to the city through eminent domain. Perhaps he can ask his wife (or Darryl Hannah), next time she’s at one of those award shows, to ask her colleagues if they would be willing to chip in. I know all those limos cost around $100 per hour and I’m pretty sure that each woman’s designer gown cost more than my car and the jewelry costs more than my house. I guess it just depends on one’s definition of “super, deep, stupid … .” – Mark A. Overturf Reseda Give it a try Re: “And a raise?” (Your Opinions, May 25): Tim O’Brien would love to have one of those highly-paid teaching jobs? What’s stopping him? All he has to do is go to college for five years. Then, during his two months off, he can work on his master’s degree so he can move up the salary schedule enough to earn that cushy salary. But he’ll have to contribute 8 percent of his salary to help fund that great pension plan. LAUSD teachers received a total pay raise of 7 percent over the last five years. Fourteen percent for this year sounds about right to me. – Michael R. Thorpe Glendale Bring him on I just examined my official sample ballot for the coming June 6 election. It does not list any Democratic candidates presumably because I am a registered Republican. My memory tells me that I had a choice of candidates in all parties in the past. Did we change our voting system? I totally despise President George W. Bush and intend to vote against any candidate who may be on his side. Please explain. – Joseph P. Gleason Woodland Hills Just peachy Re: “Mayor resurrects office to assist immigrants regardless of status” (May 24): So now the mayor is reviving an office to get municipal services to immigrants with the Office of Immigrant Affairs. Isn’t that just wonderful! Why don’t we just give them all jobs, houses and cars and be done with it? Has Villaraigosa ever looked up the word “illegal”? It means “against the law.” My taxpayer money is going for this? – Barbara Thunell Canoga Park Holden responds Re: “Major disappointment” (May 19): I served on the City Council for 16 years, from 1987 to 2003. I have firsthand knowledge that on any given day eight members of the council with the concurrence of the mayor can spend that money any way they choose. The trash hike is nothing more than an illegal tax because the right to vote on the issue has been denied the people. Your editorial is correct; this tax hike was not needed to hire 1,000 additional police officers. Everybody knows there’s a slush-fund buried in the city’s budget. The mayor and the council working together are aware that general managers request positions within their departments and have no intentions on filling those positions during the budgetary year. If the council has the will to be fair, they can easily find $400 million-plus in hidden unfilled positions and other hidden fat in the budget, then use that money to hire more police officers. – Nate Holden Former City Councilman Los Angeles160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!