Weddings, parties, anything for a ‘yes’ vote
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
READY? The same-sex marriage vote result will be announced today.