Younger gen­er­a­tion says yes

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

IR­ISH back­packer Emma Sheri­dan, 25, is firmly on the “yes” side.

Her own coun­try, the Repub­lic of Ireland, le­galised same- sex mar­riage in 2015.

“We only have one shot at it on Earth. Why can’t we be happy? You should be al­lowed to marry who you want,” she said.

Hetero­sex­ual Emma said the le­gal­i­sa­tion of gay mar­riage had re­sulted in less vi­o­lence against ho­mo­sex­u­als.

“It’s bet­ter. There’s not the gay bash­ing there used to be. It’s a hap­pier place. I have fam­ily friends who are gay and who are now mar­ried. They are very happy. It was the hap­pi­est day ever for Ireland when gay peo­ple could marry,” she said.

Danielle Mur­phy, 25, from Dublin is hetero­sex­ual and work­ing on a farm at Clare in the Bur­dekin. She said Aus­tralia should vote for same sex mar­riage “be­cause other peo­ple should not be able to dic­tate who you marry”.

She said gay peo­ple used to be afraid and were picked on at school. She said now you see “15- year- old boys walk­ing along hold­ing hands”.

UK cit­i­zen Martin Hand, 30, from Stoke- on- Trent, is hetero­sex­ual and trav­el­ling the world.

“I don’t have a prob­lem with same- sex mar­riage. I have friends who are gay. I’ve met peo­ple from all walks of life. If that lit­tle bit of pa­per that says ‘ mar­riage’ makes them happy and con­sol­i­dates their life, then let them have it,” he said.

Spe­cial­ist trades­men Sam Thomp­son, 31, Kyle Gas­ton, 18, and Cal­lan Hutchin­son, 33, were work­ing on the re­pair of a water sup­ply tank at Giru this week. The Townsville Bul­letin caught up with them while they were hav­ing lunch at Mick Pari­son’s store.

Sam: “The ‘ yes’ vote is pretty close to my heart. I’ve got a gay brother so I will be vot­ing 100 per cent yes. It’s an out­dated mind­set to go against it. There is an over­whelm­ing feel­ing to have it le­galised. Ev­ery­one is equal,” he said.

Kyle: “I’m vot­ing yes. They are all Aus­tralians. They should be equal.”

Cal­lan: “I’ll vote ‘ yes’ but I’m not happy the Gov­ern­ment is spend­ing hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars on a postal vote. I don’t know why the Gov­ern­ment didn’t have the courage to le­galise it on its own.”

Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

Ir­ish back­pack­ers Danielle Mur­phy and Emma Sheri­dan, both 25.

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