Think of friends and family
THANK you Brendan Paterson for your recent letter ( The Euroa Gazette, August 16) supporting same-sex marriage and the YES vote in the postal opinion poll.
My sincere appreciation also goes to Strathbogie Shire Council who, when led by mayor Deb Swan back in October 2015, resolved to support a local government motion to the Municipal Association of Victoria State Council to publicly support marriage equality in Australia.
Thirty years ago, my Catholic farming parents would never have considered supporting a change to the law in this country to allow same-sex couples to marry.
They have now seen four of their five children marry their respective life partners.
Only I remain unmarried, despite having a wonderful life partner who I intend to make an honest man of in the near future.
Up until the time my parents became aware of my sexuality, their perspective on same-sex relationships was based on ignorance and fear, primarily driven by religious doctrine.
I am very grateful that my parents have over the years, been able to develop an informed perspective based on knowledge, and that they now support the right for all of their children to be able to marry.
Most Australians will now realise that marriage equality in Australia is inevitable.
It is unfortunate that so much time and taxpayers money is being wasted in getting to that point.
Some will have already decided whether and how you are going to propose to vote.
Thank you, all of you who feel strong enough about this issue and intend to vote, no matter which way you are voting.
I would like to appeal, however, to those of you who might not be going to bother.
Please think of your families and those you love, your children and grandchildren, some of whom may find themselves same-sex attracted in years to come, or may already be aware but still closeted and in fear about coming out to your family.
Marriage equality may mean little to you, but please don’t just throw the postal vote form in the rubbish.
You may not be aware of it, but there is more than likely someone you love in your family or respect in your circle of friends who is not heterosexual and would greatly appreciate your support for their right to simply be able to marry the person they love. Dean Shawcross, Euroa