Here’s what I think about the Same Sex Marriage postal survey: I’m voting yes.
The reality is that not everyone is attracted to the opposite sex. Who are we to deny them getting married if they want to? Despite how some others paint it, it doesn’t harm anybody else, and certainly doesn’t harm heterosexual marriages.
It’s not like marriage is ever purely for having children. My mother and stepfather got married well after their all kids had grown up.
And it’s not like it would overturn a centuries old law. It was John Howard in 2004 who changed the Marriage Act to specify a man and a woman.
I can understand why some people on the Yes side object to, and might boycott, a postal survey.
It should be a free vote in Parliament. But it’s not. And it’s not a people’s vote, it’s not a referendum, it’s not a plebiscite, it’s a $122 million survey. Ridiculous.
A win for Yes may not be binding on the Parliament, but whichever side wins, it will send an important message.
Some propose a boycott. That would only work if it was widespread, which doesn’t seem likely.
I still feel a boycott is the strategically & ethically superior option, but most of my LGBTIQ comrades going for a YES campaign. I’m in.
— Paul Kidd (@paulkidd) August 10, 2017
The last thing supporters of the cause need is the survey to come back saying No. Judging from recent polls that wouldn’t represent public opinion, but it would also discourage politicians on the fence from getting it done.
As for this:
“And I say to you if you don’t like same-sex marriage, vote no. If you’re worried about religious freedom and freedom of speech, vote no, and if you don’t like political correctness, vote no because voting no will help to stop political correctness in its tracks.” — Tony Abbott last week
This is a furphy. It’s pretty clear that both major parties want a level of religious freedom, that is, if a religious celebrant objects to same sex marriage, they won’t be forced to perform them.
And Abbott, like many arch-conservatives, seems to have confused “political correctness” for just having some basic respect for other people and their wishes.
Abbott campaigned hard on de-regulation. It seems he likes stricter laws when it forces people to conform to his own values.
So anyway, I’m saying Yes. If consenting adults want to get married, let them.
- Want to vote (either way)? Make sure your details are up to date before 24th August
- Buzzfeed has a very good Q+A on the survey
- Want to comment? Keep it respectful.
— Daniel Bowen (@danielbowen) November 14, 2017