If you’re wondering how to vote in the Australian marriage law postal survey, a ‘yes’ vote can make a positive difference to same-sex couples.
Nothing is going to change for you if you’re straight, but it will mean a lot for LGBTQI people in same-sex relationships who want to get married. More importantly, a ‘yes’ vote symbolises your desire to create an inclusive society.
There have been a lot of myths perpetuated by the ‘no’ campaign about religious freedoms. Religious freedoms and religious marriage won’t change. If marriage equality is passed into law, churches will still be able to refuse to marry same-sex couples.
Many ‘no’ campaigners are conflating the controversial Safe Schools Program with marriage equality, but the reality is schooling will not change. Marriage equality and the Safe Schools Program are completely separate issues. Any changes to the Safe Schools program will be made independently to any marriage law changes
And how same-sex couples can access IVF, fostering, or adoption will not change (they already can access these services), so there will be no change to parenting. Same-sex parents can currently be named on birth certificates as parents, so this won’t change either.
So as I see it, there are three compelling reasons to vote ‘yes’ in the marriage equality postal survey. These compelling reasons cover the areas health, fairness, and empowerment.
A YES vote will help improve the mental health of all LGBTQI Australians. As already expressed by the Australian Medical Association, there are severe, long-term psychological and physical health consequences for any individuals on the receiving end of discrimination. A ‘yes’ vote will ensure you’re ending discrimination in Australia.
A YES vote will allow all Australians to be treated equally under the law and remove one aspect of legal discrimination. At its core, same-sex marriage is a human rights issue. If you believe that all Australians should have the same basic human rights, regardless of their background, gender, culture, skin colour, sexual orientation, or religion, then you need to vote ‘yes’.
A YES vote helps our broader community to feel a sense of empowerment. When you feel you can influence the world around you, you also feel a greater sense of empowerment. A ‘yes’ vote can help you shape the future of Australia and help the LGBTQ+ community feel empowered to choose the future of their relationships. Empowered individuals create strong relationships, which leads to healthy communities.
Same-sex marriage will also help strengthen family bonds. All married parents have clear parental rights over their children, even if they are not the biological parents. Since same-sex parents are already raising families, allowing same-sex marriage will help these family units be stronger and recognised under the law just as heterosexual couples that are married with children currently are.
Same-sex marriage encourages relationship commitment and we know that the basic building blocks of any healthy society include healthy relationships. So why wouldn’t we want to have marriage equality to encourage all people, regardless of gender, to enter into the powerful ritual of marriage?