Ky voters get some answers
KYABRAM’S Susan Fulton is urging people to become informed before voting for or against same sex marriage.
As the cut-off date creeps nearer for Australians to cast their vote on the controversial issue, Fulton said respectful conversation was needed on both sides.
And at a recent Q&A session, Kyabram locals on both sides of the fence – along with some balancing in the middle – gathered together to do just that.
The night was opened by Australian Christian Lobby Victorian state director Dan Flynn, followed by a speech from Australian Family Association state president Terri Kelleher.
The floor was then opened for the Q&A.
Questions touched on various concerns including toilets for gender-fluid school students and adults, the implications of the Safe Schools program, and whether legalising gay marriage could lead to the legalisation of other unions.
Ms Fulton said the session aimed to present information on the “no” side of the debate without any hype or attack.
“I think a lot of people walked away feeling like they’d gotten answers to their questions. There wasn’t a bit of put-down against anyone – and no one walked out which is always positive,” she said.
“Mr Flynn also acknowledged that you are not necessarily a bigot or homophobic for saying ‘no’ to same sex marriage.”
Ms Fulton said it was valuable to see people on opposing sides gather together for respectful conversation.
“A lot of people don’t want to talk about it – full stop. But we need to. We need to know why we’re voting. I keep saying that to people. What you do in the end is up to you. But you need to be informed,” she said.
“And that goes for both sides of the debate. If I’m on the ‘no’ side of the debate, I need to be listening to the perspective of those on the ‘yes’ side.
“We can disagree. But we need to be able to respect each other in this disagreement and not lose relationships over it.”
Opinions from both sides of the same-sex marriage debate were heard.