Don’t waste vote on this vi­tal issue

Chinchilla News - - NEWS | OPINION - Ju­lia Baker Ju­lia.Baker@chin­

COME Septem­ber, the rights of LGBTI Aus­tralians to legally marry and build a life with their part­ners – the peo­ple they love – will be put into the hands of the Aus­tralian peo­ple.

The non-bind­ing, non­com­pul­sory postal vote is a ques­tion­able process that may not even re­turn a true rep­re­sen­ta­tion on the issue.

I can’t imag­ine what it’s like to have your rights, choices and fu­ture re­duced to be­ing de­cided by mil­lions of peo­ple you’ve never even met via a vot­ing slip in an en­ve­lope.

Many see this postal plebiscite as lit­tle more than po­lit­i­cal pos­tur­ing.

It can’t be ar­gued that this is one of the most im­por­tant is­sues in re­cent times.

Whether you sup­port same sex marriage or not, it’s im­por­tant to re­spect both sides of the de­bate.

Those in sup­port of same sex marriage want the same dig­nity, free­dom, re­spect and equal­ity af­forded to het­ero­sex­ual Aus­tralians.

Those who aren’t main­tain a move to­wards marriage equal­ity is an af­front to the in­sti­tu­tion of marriage and may change the so­cial and moral fabric of our so­ci­ety.

Will we risk look­ing back on this in years to come as a na­tional shame?

I sus­pect it may seem just as lu­di­crous as past in­equal­i­ties; as when we didn’t al­low in­ter­ra­cial mar­riages or women weren’t al­lowed to vote.

For now, the plebiscite may be the only way we achieve equal­ity for our LGBTI com­mu­nity.

You have un­til mid­night tonight to reg­is­ter to vote or to up­date your de­tails with the Aus­tralian Elec­toral Com­mis­sion.

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