Marriage sur­vey dis­tresses friends

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS -

I’M hear­ing from some of my gay and les­bian friends that this stupid, un­nec­es­sary marriage equal­ity postal sur­vey is caus­ing real dis­tress.

They tell me it is reawak­en­ing mem­o­ries of dis­crim­i­na­tion, of be­ing reg­u­larly bul­lied, of be­ing treated as a lesser per­son for no other rea­son than their sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion - when all they want is to be treated as an equal. These are my dear, loved friends. The harm those driv­ing the ‘No’ cam­paign are caus­ing is out­ra­geous.

Mostly, I want to af­firm the won­der­ful LGBTI friends who have made my life richer in so many ways.

Ev­ery one of them is a bet­ter per­son than the ar­chi­tects of the ‘No’ cam­paign. I am with you all the way. I re­sponded ‘Yes’...to equal­ity, to love, for an Australia that will rise above hate and ho­mo­pho­bia. I voted for you my beau­ti­ful friends. Michael Bink, Beech­worth

It is not the coun­cil’s duty to sup­port one group in this de­bate over an­other.

Pro­tect­ing the “vul­ner­a­ble” in Indigo does not mean the ag­gres­sive so­cial en­gi­neer­ing a ma­jor­ity of our coun­cil­lors seem de­ter­mined to en­gage in.

Their main re­spon­si­bil­ity is still “rates, roads and rub­bish”.

One hopes that our coun­cil­lors show the same en­thu­si­asm for re­li­gious free­dom and free­dom of speech that a ma­jor­ity of them do for this is­sue.

John Har­vey, Beech­worth

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