IN REPLY to the comments made by Pastor Paul Dare of Mundubbera (Central and North Burnett Times, October 11):
Mundubbera has not necessarily agreed to “play a part” in The Doctor’s Wife 2. The community might not support us, and this will be part of the exploration in the film.
In relation to you referring to yourself as a “stick in the mud”, I disagree. What you are saying is a view shared by others and raises questions that need to be answered.
I have not, as you say, “already made up my mind” that most Australians are in favour of marriage equality.
Many recent polls have shown this. For example, Galaxy Research Polling (2009-2012) shows 64% of Australians support marriage equality, a majority of Christians (53%) support marriage equality, 76% of Coalition voters want Abbott to allow a conscience vote, 75% believe the reform is inevitable, and 81% of young people (18-24 years) support marriage equality.
These figures also show a significant advance on 2004 figures when a Newspoll commissioned by SBS found that only 38% of Australians at the time supported the reform.
You point out that if a majority of people were in favour of marriage equality then politicians would have listened.
I agree, which is why as part of this film I will be exploring why politicians aren’t listening to their constituents. I will also be looking at the constitutional laws involved with tax-exempt organisations donating large sums of money to political campaigns.
I will also explore another interesting point, which is that there are many Australians who aren’t against marriage equality, but because it doesn’t immediately affect them, they aren’t inclined to contact their politician and show their support for legislative change. These are called passive supporters.
I am more than willing to completely fail in the mission to hold a ceremony in the town that Vincent and I came to know as home, and still miss every day, but I am eager to get opinions from all sides.
If you, Pastor Dare, are happy to be interviewed in the film, I would love to expand more on your ideas. I have no intention to bully or persuade you. I simply want to listen in an attempt to understandwhy others feel that it is their decision to deny us the same rights as other Australians.
I am open to hearing any ideas on why I should just let it go, and if I am so persuaded I will happily put all of it in the film. I do not wish to antagonise or push buttons. I only want to take the time to try to understand something that confuses me on a fundamental level.
Jonathan Duffy The Doctor’s Wife