Aboriginal leaders say ‘no’ to gay marriage

It was heartening to see this week indigenous Australians express their support for man woman marriage. They made their views known on Wednesday, when a group of Aboriginal leaders and elders presented a traditional ‘Bark Petition’ to the Australian Parliament. The petition, written in the language of the Pitjantjatjara People, the traditional owners of Uluru, says it is offensive to the Aboriginal people to suggest another definition of marriage. Did you hear anything about this? Probably not! There is a good reason for this. Sadly, all the newspapers ignored the event. The Australian was the only media outlet to cover the story – and its report was biased. The only photo in the paper was part of a large paid advertisement. Of course indigenous Australians are yet another minority group who have been excluded from the national discussion on marriage.


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