Don’t waste vote on this vital issue
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.