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Divorce May 24, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Having campaigned in 1986 and again in 1995 I’m always struck by the polling outcomes at the two referendums on Divorce. In the former case 63% voted against the provision of divorce. In 1995 the balance was a remarkably close 51% to 49%. I’ve often wondered was that the first last hurrah for the religious right. It certainly represented a shift in their ability to control matters, and the fact there was just 2% in it… I dislike thinking about how it could have gone.

Now, almost a quarter of a century later there has been such change that it is difficult perhaps to quite recall how much of a victory that was as was the decriminalisation of homosexuality a few short years before was pivotal too. That said the scale of the mountains yet to climb was very apparent.

Now, in this referendum today there’s an opportunity to put right one egregious defect in the provision voted for in 1995. I even more strongly appreciate the significance of that four years wait and how that has and continues to impact upon people in a deeply negative way. Time to change that, long past time.


1. oliverbohs - May 24, 2019

The X case in 1993 would have focused a lot of people’s minds. Personally speaking, my own head was turned when I read The God Squad roughly 30 years ago. No more of that, was the message it gave

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