Are you for or against gay marriage?
Do you support a same-sex marriage plebiscite ?
Does a same-sex marriage plebiscite do harm than good to the gay community?
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Australia may be a first world nation economically. I’ll give my country that one. We also like to think that we are socially first world, but in many ways we are not. When countries, with significant human rights violations, like South Africa and Colombia have legalized gay marriage and Australia hasn’t you know there is a problem.
For my non Australian readers, our government has decided to make a decision on same-sex marrige via plebiscite. Our Prime Minister, Malcom Turnbull, has set a date for all of us to vote: Saturday February 11 2017. The official question will be: Should the Law Be Changed To Allow Same-Sex Couples To Marry?
I will be voting YES but I resent the fact that I have to go out of my way on the Saturday to cast this vote. I am not in favor of a same-sex marriage plebiscite and I would prefer to wait another three years for a possible change of government.
Ideally, I believe it should simply be put to parliament, not a public vote. Statistics clearly show that the majority of Australians are in favor of it. My primary concern is that a same-sex marriage plebiscite is very costly. Overall costs are estimated to be $175 million. It’s a gigantic waste of tax payer’s money. $15 million of this will be dedicated to YES and NO campaigns.
Do we really need campaigns telling us how and why we should vote on this matter? Aren’t we at least somewhat informed on this matter? At least, to be able to vote YES or NO with a conscious reason.
Gay marriage is not an important enough issue to put to a plebiscite. It does not have significant ramifications on the nation to justify the expenditure. If it was a matter of conscription I would definitely support a plebiscite even if there was a majority public support for conscription. That would be important enough and it would have significant ramifications on our nation.
There is also concern that the gay marriage plebiscite will hurt the gay and lesbian community via the NO advertising campaign, which is expected to demonize gay communities. I think it would primarily have a negative impact on the gay youth sector who are still developing and understanding their sexual identities. It could create more confusion, anxiety and even self loathing.
It’s interesting to note that although the majority of Australians are in favor of gay marriage, 59% are also in favor of a same-sex marriage plebiscite whilst only 25% believe that the decision should be made by parliament. Why do the 59% want a plebiscite? How many of that 59% are for and against gay marriage? My best guess is that they don’t trust the government to make the decision that they want.
We must also remember that the plebiscite is not binding on members of parliament. However, I believe that the mass majority of parliament will pass the legislation, even if it’s just to shut everyone up on this matter and move on.
I often hear the cliché gay marriage support response “love is love”. Nice sentiment, but the need for gay marriage has little to do with love. It has everything to do with a belief system that we have in place that says it’s ok to be gay. It’s not only legal, it’s seen as a legitimate form of sexuality. If that’s the case, then by logic gay couples should be acknowledged as a legal and legitimate couple, with all the same rights that heterosexual couples have. Putting the theory of equality into practice is what this is all about.
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