Hint: Yes it is.
So by now, most of you have probably heard about Australia’s postal vote gauging attitudes to marriage equality. The postal plebiscite/survey that is asks Australians to decide whether the law should be changed to allow same-sex marriages.
With a $122 million cost, this plebiscite is a colossal waste of money. In my humble opinion, the question of allowing same-sex marriages should never have been this difficult to decide in the first place. Besides which, this vote isn’t binding, so even if majority of Australians do vote yes, we don’t actually have a guarantee that same-sex marriage will be legalized. But let’s put aside the question of stupidity because it can’t be changed now.
Most people can agree that spending $122 million on a postal vote was a stupid idea. All that we can do is make our votes count, and ensure that something good comes out of this, and that Australians finally get marriage equality.
Should two people who love each other be allowed to marry? Should two people who love each other and want to spend their lives together be allowed to do so in an official legally binding way? Should two people who love each other be allowed to enjoy the tax breaks that come with marriage?
The answer to all three questions should be yes.
A lot of people behind the “No” campaign say that allowing same-sex couples to marry is a slippery slope, and it will devalue the marriage that existing couples have. Well, pardon my French, but what a load of fucking bullshit.
If gays can marry, will currently married couples be any less married? Will they be any less in love because of this? Does it actually affect them in any way, shape or form?
To be honest, it won’t make a lick of a difference to straight couples, though it will make a world of positive impact on the lives of same-sex couples.
There is a large chance you know someone who is gay. This person could be a family member, a work colleague, or maybe a friend. (And even if you don’t, which I seriously doubt, don’t be a dick with your vote). The question you have to ask yourself is:
Do you think every Australian should be allowed to marry the person they love?
It really is that simple.
There’s a large chance you know someone who is straight. This could be a family member, or a work colleague, or maybe a friend.
They are already allowed to marry the person they love.
Why shouldn’t every Aussie have the right to marry whomever he or she loves?
Postal votes are being sent out to homes as of this week, and should be filled out and sent back by October 27. Don’t forget to vote yes.
This Author is in no way sponsored by the ‘yes’ campaign, is unaligned with a political party, and would merely like to point out he is not a complete dickhead and will therefore be voting ‘yes’.