Lisa shares love across town
Local resident carries rainbow around to support LGBT
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.”
ONE LOVE: Lisa Machin took her huge rainbow around Dalby to start a conversation about same-sex marriage.