If marriage is mentioned in any subject, then it will be described as the union between two people, voluntarily entered into for life. Exclusions, such as polygamy, close family members, underage persons etc will remain.
Children’s readers already incorporate examples of the current situation regarding same sex relationships. If there is a small percentage of same sex marriages, why would one discriminate against a marriage of opposite sex couples? Allowing one does not mean we discriminate against the other. My marriage will still be a marrriage as will yours (if you were Australian and married).
If they want to make a song and dance about it, then they may expect some backlash from the majority of the population who support SSM. If I were gay and I knew that a baker would likely decline my business, I would go elsewhere. These cases have generally been exploited, by both sides of the argument, to bring the position to a point where decisions need to be made. Which is where we are now.
In any case, are service providers likely to ask potential customers to fill in a questionnaire regarding one’s position on any number of subjects before a deal is struck? Do you simply support SSM or are you getting married to another man? The names on the cake – Lesley and Danni – are they both men or both women? Have either of you been divorced? Do you intend to have sex before the wedding? What type of sex are you likely to have after the wedding? Will you use contraception? What are your views on battery farming? Immigration? Alcohol? Legalising pot?
And is the guy who supplies the flour for the cake allowed to deny the baker service if he objects to SSM? Is the person who supplies the truck to the guy who delivers the flout to the woman who bakes the cake? Is the person who finances the guy who supplies the truck who delivers the flour…well, I think you get the message.
Where does it end?
And in passing, as far as I am concerned, in the case mentioned earlier about someone being sacked for expressing an opinion, the employer is completely out of order. Voting NO is not an example of homophobia. There was a case of a well-known, and well loved, sportsman who said he was going to vote no and the overwhelming response was that he was entirely at liberty to voice his opinion.