Debate needs respect from all
MOST residents would have received their postal survey form this week on the question of same-sex marriage.
While debate will continue about the process being used to decide the population’s view on this matter and 100 per cent agreement on the answer is virtually impossible, people should still treat the survey seriously.
When it gets down to it it’s a simple question: Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry? There are two responses – yes or no. Although the results of the survey are not binding on the government the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has strongly advocated that parliament would follow the people’s decision in this matter.
Whether all parliamentarians do the same thing is another question.
The most important aspect of this entire matter is for people of both sides to respect the other’s view.
That should be the same in general conversation and in any contributions to the Chronicle.
There will be people in our community who agree on most things who may be even friends or relatives but who have a different opinion on this single issue.
It’s important that during and after this survey the debate remains respectful and civil and not clouded by hatred, ignorance and prejudice from either side.
A strong turnout is needed in this survey for the government to get a true indication of what the nation thinks so they can make a decision that best represents the people’s voice.
Just tick a box and send it back, it couldn’t be easier.