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David Allen
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Coming Out Conservative. Uh, Mum? I'm… *shuffles feet*. Uh… *gulp*. Conservative. Yep, that's right, I'm coming out of the conservative closet 1. So, why (I hear you cry) am I suddenly mak...
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I think you're misreading me - in the case of gay marriage, I don't think that it's not necessary. I do think that it's necessary, and it's something that I dearly want to happen, both for the sake of myself and the family that I shall have (sooner rather than later, by the looks of things) and for the sake of those who are caught on the wrong side of policies that discriminate based on that definition.

My point is that imposition of policy top-down hasn't worked particularly well in the past. The best changes have come out of social change, that has then caused a political change - and I see nothing wrong with social campaigns to attempt to educate the population about the truths of the issue, and the wrongs that are being done to people as a result of the policy.

However, direct lobbying to government bypasses the social adjustment necessary for stable and successful policy change. In this I think that you underestimate the power of 'slight discomfort'. Imposition of policy change doesn't change the way that "the people" thinks, it merely reinforces it, shifting the "blame" to the government and the activists who influenced them to introduce an unpopular policy. Then, governments are voted out based on it, a populist new government "fixes" the problem, and we've spent an inordinate amount of money on salaries and an election and have wound up essentially where we started.

I dislike lobbying efforts on both sides of this particular issue, although I have more sympathy for the proSSM lobbyists, because their arguments generally stand up to intellectual scrutiny as being evidence-based.

I accept that my view makes the assumption that people, as a general rule, will care about the others in their society, weigh the repeated forced sacrifice when forming their opinions, and will listen to the information that is readily available about upcoming policy changes and make a decision incorporating those sacrifices. Which may or may not be justified, but it's an assumption that I tend to make, rather idealistically.
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So, everybody's probably seen this already, but hey. Amazing audio and images of couples from the first day of legal SSM in NY.
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I watch thinks like this and realise that the Internet is basically a guaranteed job for anthropologists for the rest of time...
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Another cool short film. The making of is pretty amazing as well - it was all shot on Canon DSLRs, apparently!
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Ah, I love casual theology.
So, I'm going to talk about Jack. ... No, in fact, I'm going to talk about charity. I wish some of the language mavens, some of the prescriptivists, some of the anti-living-language people would leave...
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And continuing my amusing short film spree...
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I love short film. And this is just cool! Although I want to know how they managed the aeroplane shots... lol
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  • The University of Melbourne
    present
  • Helena College, Western Australia
  • Santa Clara, Western Australia
  • Trinity College, Western Australia
  • Heversham Church of England School, England
  • Curtin University, Western Australia
  • eCentral TAFE, Western Australia
  • Kangan Batman TAFE, Victoria
  • The University of Melbourne, Victoria
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