Newcastle Herald Short Takes: Monday, August 14, 2017

YOU have got to say Australia is certainly unique. No other country in the world would need a postal vote to solve a simple issue like same-sex marriage. The government would vote on it, and that would be the end of the story. If only our government had the guts to do the same. I am sure the $122 million could be put to better use. Maybe the LNP should put the money up themselves.

Darryl Tuckwell, Eleebana

ROBERT Crosby (Letters, 11/8), speaking of same-sex 'marriage' as a human rights issue; what about the right of a child, as far as possible, to know and be cared for by his or her parents (UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 7)? Same-sex marriage deliberately, not through unfortunate and unforseen circumstance, allows motherless and fatherless families. Maree Raftos (Letters 11/8); if 'gay marriage' is only about love between two gay people, why should it be of any concern to the government?

Peter Dolan, Lambton

ALAN Kendall, (Letters, 10/8) asks why there is not more protest from the Christian Church to same-sex marriage. The answer is in your letter. As a matter of Christian doctrine, as an internal matter, it can only be taken up with its believers, or in seeking believers. Free will is scripturally seminal to leading a Christian life. This means it should not protest. Love of all, means always stepping in to meet need, no questions asked, provided there is consent.

Graeme Tychsen, Rankin Park

Dylan Tibbits (Letters, 10/8) I agree. I'm not a Karl Stefanovic fan, but he nailed it on the head perfectly. If two people are in love and want to get married, who are we to judge?

Colin Geatches, Mayfield

TO Robert Crosby (Letters, 11/8): Marriage is about how as a society we bring children into the world and raise them. It is therefore about sex for procreation and not sex for pleasure and therefore the equality argument is nonsense.

Clive Jensen, Merewether

ALAN Kendall (Letters, 10/8) points out the fact that the idea of same-sex marriage is totally contrary to Christian doctrine. I would like to point out the fact that it is also against the Christian doctrine to work on a Sunday, or to even wear glasses. I would also like to point out the fact that we are now in the 21st century, and the world has well and truly moved on from such archaic ways.

Adz Carter, Adamstown Heights

FOR residents living in three-storey NSW housing units in Fowler Street, Hamilton South, there is one entrance and one exit on the ground floor. My long-held concerns have been justified after a recent fire on Saturday night, luckily it was 7.30pm. I hate to think what could have been if the fire was later in night or morning. And yet this continues to be ignored,  why?

Mark Sheerin, Hamilton South

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