The marriage equality vote in Australia has stirred up quite a ruckus. Not only due to the exposure of backward thinking individuals, but also because of the ridiculous nature of the vote. Here’s a quick explanation of what the postal plebiscite is – in case you didn’t know.
Which was me a week ago.
So, the vote was created to allow us – the citizens of Australia – to have our say on marriage equality. Which is great right? Because in 2012 it was estimated that 64% of Australians would vote for same sex marriage. And with our world evolving so rapidly it can only go up from there. Which means this vote should seal the deal. Except that whatever the outcome is, it’s not binding – So even if Australia says ‘hell yeah’ the government can still say ‘N O’.
Is this a waste of $122 million that could be spent on other things like health care or education? Yes. Should this have just been a parliamentary vote instead? Uh huh. But It’s not.
Which brings me onto why I’ll be voting for same sex marriage. Which isn’t very complexed at all. I simply believe that everyone deserves the chance to marry the person they love.
And, any counter argument regarding incest or polygamy is completely irrelevant and blatantly stupid.
The idea of marriage sanctity is a popular conversation as well. But the last time I checked, people were still being paid to marry a stranger on TV so why can’t two people marry each other for love?
It baffles me that in a country that strives on being forward thinking we are still having this debate. We should just let marriage be what it should already be – a human right.
So, even though this vote may not go through and this battle for equality could continue – I’m still going to make sure my voice is heard. I will never deny an opportunity to fight for what I think is right.
Please make sure you’re enrolled to vote by the 24th of August. If you’re not then you can enrol here.
The world has always been diverse. There have always been same sex couples – just ask the Romans. The only difference now is that we don’t lock up or execute someone for the way they were born – yay us.
With the news full of so much hate at the moment be the person who says yes to love, and yes to equality.