Mar­riage equal­ity matters to every­one

The Western Star - - OPINION - Mar­guerite Cud­dihy Mar­guerite.Cud­dihy @west­ern­

FAIR­NESS and equal­ity are at the heart of Aus­tralian so­ci­ety. Dinky-di Aussies all do their bit to ad­vance th­ese ideals and af­firm­ing all cou­ple’s free­dom to marry so­lid­i­fies our coun­try’s be­lief that all peo­ple should be treated equally.

At face value, the same-sex mar­riage postal sur­vey asks whether the re­la­tion­ships of our gay fam­ily mem­bers and friends is as mean­ing­ful as every­body else’s.

But fur­ther than that it is a ques­tion of whether we might recog­nise in gay Aus­tralians the same fun­da­men­tal hu­man rights and in­stinct to love whom they choose.

This sur­vey gives ev­ery el­i­gi­ble voter the op­por­tu­nity to have their say on this long-run­ning de­bate. That’s democ­racy in mo­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est opinion poll, 75% of Aus­tralians be­lieve every­one should be treated equally by our coun­try’s mar­riage laws.

Mar­riage equal­ity will not change any­thing for the vast ma­jor­ity of Aus­tralians, but will make a pro­found dif­fer­ence to the sta­tus and dig­nity of many.

All Aus­tralians should be treated equally un­der the law, and that in­cludes be­ing able to marry the per­son they love.

So when the bal­lot ar­rives in your mail­box in the com­ing days, com­plete it and re­turn it. Do not be com­pla­cent, do not put it off.

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