If The Plebiscite Wasn’t Bad Enough, It’s About To Get Really F*cking Shit
If you, being a sane-minded citizen with basic moral ethics, are confused about our Government's stance regarding same-sex marriage, then you are not alone.
As a member of the LGBT+ community, you’d think I would be in a state of bliss that this country is finally going to let myself and my fellow peers marry, but no, I am dreading the next few months.
Yes, it is ridiculous that we are doing an optional postal-vote, in the form of a survey conducted by the ABS. Yes, it is ridiculous that the only reason we are doing this is because Malcolm Turnbull is a spineless knob-head who hasn’t got the dignity to let the parliament have a free vote. And yes it is ridiculous that this non-binding process is going to cost up to $122 million.
But if we forget all of that (it’s hard I know), it’s still not all sunshine and rainbows.
Firstly, I will not be sprinting to my mailbox in the near future. Believe it or not, I am not looking forward to having my future decided by the rest of Australia. A survey should be the medium where the Government work out where to run extra buses or how many times you go to the gym, not decide the future of millions of Australians. Funnily enough, it does make you feel pretty insignificant and inhuman when your relationship validity is given equal weighting as, “Please select your tax bracket”.
Secondly, I am not looking forward to the abundant anti-gay, hate-mail I anticipate I’ll be receiving. While the Government is fixated on a postal-survey, this opens up an entire world of counter-advertising. So to all the LGBT+’s out there, prepare to have your personal existence threatened via television ads, billboards, posters and radio ads, essentially everywhere you go. It genuinely makes me feel sick.
Thirdly, there is very much a chance that gay marriage will not be the outcome of this plebiscite, and that terrifies me. Given that this vote is optional, chances are the people that are indifferent to the matter will not bother to respond, leaving the result of the survey to be a less accurate representation of Australia. I’m worried that this vote will become a head-to-head contest between the LGBT community and a radical group of Australians that think we’re diseased.
And whilst I do have faith that Australia will pull through and vote for what’s right, the result of this survey is non-binding. Meaning, the Government can literally ignore the result of this survey, and all the anti-gay hate will have been endured for nothing.
So If I could leave this piece on a pleading note, I beg two things of you. Firstly, please be enrolled to vote, it’s about time we caught up with the likes of England, Ireland, New Zealand and even America, by giving the LGBT community the basic human rights they deserve .
Secondly, please for the next few months, be aware of all the anti-gay press that will be out in the media, and let your family / friends / colleagues / anyone else know that you’re there for them and that you love them.
- Haydn Hickson
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