Wed­dings, par­ties, any­thing for a ‘yes’ vote

The Daily Examiner - - UNWIND - CAIT­LAN CHARLES cait­lan.charles@dai­lyex­am­iner.com.au

THE VOTES are in, and to­day we will find out what the pop­u­la­tion of Aus­tralia – at least the ones who voted – think about mar­riage equal­ity.

I will hap­pily ad­mit that I don’t un­der­stand the no vote. That won’t get me points with a lot of peo­ple, but hear me out as to why.

I of­ten bring up my high school friends when I’m talk­ing about mar­riage equal­ity be­cause I only had five good male friends, and most of them are gay. I didn’t know that when I met them, and I didn’t re­alise un­til they came out, mostly af­ter high school.

Be­tween when we met at the age of 13 to now at the age of 24, my feel­ings about all of those men have not changed. I want them to be happy, meet a per­son they want to spend the rest of their life with and marry them, if that’s what they choose. I wanted that when I thought they were straight, and now when I know they are not.

They have not changed, and they de­serve the same rights and re­spect that I have.

I’m also not the most ‘mar­riage friendly’ per­son. To be hon­est, I don’t re­ally un­der­stand them. I don’t un­der­stand why peo­ple spend thou­sands, if not more, on a big cer­e­mony where ev­ery­one has to spend money on an outfit and a gift and maybe even ac­com­mo­da­tion. I un­der­stand cel­e­brat­ing your love with the peo­ple around you. Why not save the money?

My ideal wed­ding would be a huge party where ev­ery­one brings a bot­tle of tequila and we dance the night away. We can throw the cer­e­mony out the win­dow.

But just be­cause that is my view of mar­riage, doesn’t mean ev­ery­one else shares it.

Two peo­ple, what­ever the sex, get mar­ried and you don’t like the idea – what does it mat­ter?

I go to wed­dings all the time, have a great time and cel­e­brate my friends’ love.

Two peo­ple’s love will not have any bear­ing on you. A rift will not oc­cur in the space-time con­tin­uum, a crack will not ap­pear on a lit­tle red-headed girl’s bed­room wall, and your life will not change one bit.

All it will mean is that my friends, and any other LGBTQI per­son, can get mar­ried if they wish.

If you have any­thing you’d like me to talk about any­thing in par­tic­u­lar, send an email to cait­lan.charles @dai­lyex­am­iner.com.au

PHOTO: LES­LEY APPS

READY? The same-sex mar­riage vote re­sult will be an­nounced to­day.

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