The Greens’ Soft, Beautiful, Unblemished Hands #vicvotes
It is nice that the Green Party supports my right to marry my same-sex partner at some future point when the notion doesn’t cause my boyfriend to guffaw and change the subject.
It really is sweet of them.
In fact, I am so appreciative of the enthusiastic support of the Victorian Greens for my rights, I want to shake their hands.
Their soft, beautiful, unblemished hands.
But, while no gay man is immune to the seductive qualities of a nice pair of hands, I find myself resisting.
The social justice mantle is not won simply by claiming it.
Is Labor good enough, decisive enough, or quick-off-the-mark enough, when it comes to gay rights? No, they are not.
But Labor has a earned a century’s worth of scars from the long, relentless and never-fashionable struggle to extend rights and freedoms where none would otherwise exist.
And that’s not nothing.
That’s why, when I cast my big gay vote, I will reach out for callous-hardened Labor hands.