August, 2011 Archives

The issue of gay marriage,  or marriage equality in Australia has become a hot topic in recent months. Prominent politicians have made statements about their personal opinions, the community has been polled for their perspectives, bills have been put forth to the Senate to try and amend the Marriage Act, there have been protests and demonstrations and a lot of vitriolic discussion on the Internet about this controversial issue.

I’d like to lay out some of the main arguments that have been put forth by opponents of gay marriage, and explain why I believe every one of these arguments is flawed and without merit.

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The Gay Marriage Debate

Taken at the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens, South Australia

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Mossy Path

Taken at Marino Rocks

Taken at Marino, South Australia

 

 

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Marino Rocks

Plum Blossom – Taken in Magill, South Australia

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Plum Blossom

A Riverland sunset, taken in Waikerie, South Australia

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Sky Fire


Phil Plait – Don’t Be A Dick on Vimeo

Phil Plait gave this talk at The Amazing Meeting 8 in Las Vegas on July 8th, 2010. The talk attracted a lot of criticism from members of the skeptical community. Some ironically called it a dick-​​move on Phil’s part, due mostly to the fact that he did not provide specific examples of dickish behaviour, despite his claim that it’s becoming common amongst the community. Many renowned and highly respected skeptics are known for being overly terse and a little bit dickish when it comes to debating their opponents, and it seems that it is becoming fashionable to follow in their prodigious footsteps. » Continue Reading…

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Taken on approach to the town of Amalfi on the Amalfi Coast, Italy

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Amalfi, Amalfi

Taken under the bridge across the River Torrens, Adelaide

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Under the Bridge

St Peters Cathedral, Adelaide, South Australia

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St Peters Cathedral

Taken on the top of Mount Lofty, South Australia

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Sunset on Mount Lofty