I won’t try and pretend there’s not an air of political opportunism and factional point-scoring going on with the ACT marriage bill; there is, after all, a reason why ACT Labor waited until federal Labor was out of power in order to make their move. But, on the other hand, here’s the pebble that starts the avalanche, and if said avalanche results in great equality then I suppose that’s the cynical nature of the political game. (See also that time same-sex de facto couples were given equal recognition under federal laws with regards to social security payments; that was a cost saving move.)
It was raining the day they passed the bill. I remember because I walked past the assembly not long after, wondering if there would be any sort of gathering to mark the event.
There wasn’t; just a few soggy journalists jostling for space underneath the eaves.