Lisa shares love across town

Lo­cal res­i­dent car­ries rain­bow around to sup­port LGBT

Dalby Herald - - NEWS - Amy Lyne

ONE woman is on a mis­sion to start a con­ver­sa­tion about same-sex mar­riage in the one elec­torate where the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple op­pose the idea.

A Univer­sity of Mel­bourne study of ABC Vote Com­pass re­sults late last year re­vealed more than 50% of vot­ers in the Mara­noa did not want same-sex cou­ples to marry.

Hav­ing re­cently moved to Dalby from Toowoomba, Lisa Machin de­cided to post her “yes” vote in style, with a huge rain­bow in tow.

Ms Machin said she def­i­nitely got some stares from the lo­cals, but she chose to do it to share her per­sonal view and start a con­ver­sa­tion.

“A few peo­ple gave me strange looks, but I chat­ted to one guy that made a com­ment on the rain­bow, and we got chat­ting about the votes and that is when he told me he was vot­ing neu­tral,” she said.

“He knew gay peo­ple, but he was think­ing about how it would af­fect him, not other peo­ple.

“He was go­ing to vote no be­cause the is­sue didn’t af­fect him di­rectly.

“He had just never been chal­lenged to think about the hu­man an­gle of an is­sue that doesn’t di­rectly af­fect him.”

After a dis­cus­sion without judg­ment or anger, Ms Machin said the man de­cided to change his vote to yes.

“I just told him about some gay peo­ple I am friends with and how I don’t feel com­fort­able about how the coun­try gets to vote on their lives,” she said.

Ms Machin said she was shar­ing her per­sonal view, not to force peo­ple to vote yes, but to think about why they would vote no.

“The ma­jor­ity of peo­ple have been re­ally pos­i­tive,” she said.

“I just want peo­ple to re­alise the vote isn’t about them. It is about equal rights and some­body else get­ting mar­ried doesn’t af­fect you in the slight­est.

“Ev­ery­body is en­ti­tled to their own vote, but this is my per­sonal be­lief that ev­ery Aus­tralian should have the right to marry who they love.”

Ms Machin said she just wanted peo­ple think about their vote from a hu­man an­gle.

“Your vote af­fects peo­ple and peo­ple’s hap­pi­ness.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

ONE LOVE: Lisa Machin took her huge rain­bow around Dalby to start a con­ver­sa­tion about same-sex mar­riage.

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