Congratulations to Byron council for making a stand to publicly support gay marriage. It is wrong to discriminate against valued members of our communities on grounds of sexual difference from the ‘norm’, whatever that is. Many of these relationships have children and they must be protected under adequate law that acknowledges and accepts these families.
Marriage is about love, commitment and bonding families emotionally and legally. It is not about sex – ask any long term married person. That laws still exist disallowing same-sex marriage is archaic and sexist. A stand for change must be made and what better place than Byron Shire? Let’s get some positive national and international publicity for a change. It’s a win-win situation, good for them, good for the shire. Weddings are big business and we want to attract tourists who will spend more money here than backpackers.
Our wedding day was the happiest day of both my husband’s and my lives. It was then that I received the quaint moniker Mrs Appel-Pye. Husband’s name, Appel – accent on the pel – and my family name, Pye. The things we do for love. He didn’t. Might people laugh at, ridicule or disbelieve this strange name? Of course they do.