I only hope more gay Australians who can afford it, do the same. I think it will force the government there to actually do something about it.
I was hoping more of our own gay couples would have done the same to highlight the injustice of CPs. At least it would have been easier for them in terms of shorter distances and less expensive.
The legal requirements for getting married in Spain are actually quite strict for those who aren’t members of the Australian government ;-)
However, since Portugal equalised access to marriage I’m surprised more Brits aren’t heading to the Algarve to get hitched. Down there marriages are very easy for foreigners to arrange, and it’s exactly the same for het and gay couples alike.
If thousands of British gay couples had done that, who knows, maybe it would have helped in the equal marriage debate and dampened the opposition’s ridiculous nonsense that gay people don’t really want equal marriage as some at C4M claim.
There has always been a sense of apathy among British gays when compared to say America, Australia, France and elsewhere. We just lull ourselves into thinking equal marriage will happen without our active participation in the campaign. We’ve really not seen any great leadership and ongoing proactivism from StonewallUK or anywhere else. All we’re getting lately is negative sensationalism from those in oppposition who seem to be far louder and getting more than their fair share of exposure without anyone countering them.
Stonewall was even against same-sex marriage at least official until 2011 (‘too high costs’), right? Incredible. All LGBT organisations in North America, Latin America, Australia and, of course, here in Europe are very clear in favor of gay marriage since the beginning of discussion.
As a former Australian, I’d like to urge a general boycott of Australia by all tourists until the country joins the modern era and allows equal marriage. Australians must not be allowed to get away with claiming their country is gay friendly when their government lags far behind other developed nations and refuses to stop treating gay people unfairly.
I wish that countries that do have same sex marriages, would get more involved in getting all marriages recognized in other countries. Pressuring them eventually with the consequence that none of their marriages will be accepted by the country that does support ssm.
How can this be possible unless one of the two is a spanish national?????