Love is love but equality is just for the few. That is the mindset of the Inner West Council in Sydney. According to the Sydney Morning Herald (24/09/2017) they reported that the newly elected Labor Mayor, Darcy Byrne, has promised to provide same sex couples free venues if they decide to get married in their halls and community centres. This offer will be available for 100 days post the successful passage of same sex legislation. As a Conservative Libertarian this doesn’t bother me if it was a private business but can you imagine if a Council decided to do this for heterosexual couples only, the media and other left wing nut jobs would be in complete meltdown.
A Council is a government body. Everything they spend their money on belongs to the ratepayer. Fee’s that they charge for venues such as halls and community centres subsidies the maintenance, electricity, water and upgrades of the buildings. By charging users to use those facilities is beneficial to ratepayers otherwise ratepayers would be slogged with more rates. Now I assume the people of Inner West don’t particular care about fiscal responsibility otherwise they wouldn’t have voted for either Labor or the Green’s but the principle of using ratepayers money to provide free venues for same sex marriage couples is fiscally irresponsible especially when they are running at a $3.9m deficit (Inner West Operational Plan and Budget 2017/18).
In 2012, a Colorado baker refused to bake a cake for a gay couple citing that same sex marriage is against his religious views. The left wing media and other left wing nut jobs were outraged by this ‘vicious attack’ on civil liberties and in their usual deranged way, protested. This case is now before the Supreme Court. If the Inner West Council decide to open up this idea of not charging same sex couples to use their halls and community centres, could heterosexual couples who want to marry take the Council to court for discrimination?
Now I hear screeching already by lefties shouting “You right wing bigots you think it’s ok if people discriminatate against the gays but when we discriminate against you white heterosexual males then you go and cry.”
The difference between the Baker and the Council is that the Baker is a private individual or a private business that should be entitled to be free of who he does dealings with. A Council on the other hand is an entity that belongs to the people, that is, everyone who lives within that council, irrespective of their political leanings. If Qantas had turned around and said “Free flights for same sex couples for the first 100 days of post same sex marriage legislation” I wouldn’t really care. Qantas is a private business and what they do is up to them and their shareholders. For your information Qantas has already donated $1million to the Yes campaign and I am not losing any sleep over it.
The big question though, why would anyone get married in the Inner West, its a concrete jungle with no real serenity but I can probably safely assume that the majority people who live within the Inner West Council probably support this idea by Mayor Byrne. The issue here though is that this sets a precedence for other councils to jump on board. We already know local councils like to waste ratepayers money, Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, has proven this with her monument of a tape worm.