Should Bert marry Ernie?

In the week when Finance Minister Penny Wong and her partner Sophie Allouache have announced they are expecting their first child, is it time for Australia to accept same-sex relationships as the norm and allow men and women to marry who they choose?

Even children’s perennial favourite television show, Sesame Street, is being used to highlight the issue of same-sex marriage. For over 30 years Bert and Ernie have lived together, sleeping in separate beds, and the nature of their relationship has long been questioned by the viewing public.

A petition has been started by the creators of Sesame Street to have Bert and Ernie tie the knot on television and, as you would expect, this has caused uproar with many right-wing and Christian groups. But really, who cares? I don’t say this flippantly; if you are deprived of the basic human right to marry the person you love, you would care deeply. It’s simply time for society to stop worrying what’s going on in other people’s lives and let two consenting adults live and love as they choose.

Do you agree? Should a person have the legal right to enter into a civil partnership with another person of their choice?

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