DAY CANNOT BE SOON ENOUGH
MARRIAGE equality will not suddenly make it safe for my friend and her girlfriend to hold hands walking down the street. It won’t stop parents kicking their teenage son out of home just for liking boys. It won’t stop co-workers from refusing to acknowledge a colleague’s gender transition. Legalising same-sex marriage won’t make much difference in the day-to-day reality of some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in Australia – but it is a good place to start. When (not if) we legalise same-sex marriage, Australia can finally focus on campaigns and reforms around issues such as disturbingly high rates of queer homelessness, gaps in transgender healthcare and lack of accessibility in changing ID forms. De-facto legislation has already given same-sex couples many of the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts. That said, the first same-sex couple legally to marry will mark a huge symbolic milestone in demonstrating our Government’s willingness to treat all LGBTIQ people respectfully and equally. And I for one cannot wait for that day.
Rosanna Candler - Reporter