Nothing Stays the Same

Reflecting on an inspiring address yesterday by Rodney Croome (convenor of Australian Marriage Equality) to the national conference of the Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants (AFCC) ...Rodney talked about the evolution of marriage over time and of course it has not stayed the same. Remember when marriage was about creating alliances, expanding one's empire and had little to do with love, remember when marriages were largely arranged, remember when the wife had to  promise to 'obey' the husband, remember when rape in marriage was condoned, remember when inter-race marriage and inter-religion marriage was not tolerated... the hypocrisy of trying to hold onto the notion that the Marriage Act is to be upheld at all costs flies in the face of the evolution of the nature of marriage throughout history! I was proud to be in the picture below, taken at the close of our annual AFCC conference, with Rodney featuring centre front!

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