First things first, congratulations America on legalising Gay marriage in every state comprising the USA.
Waking up this morning to news like this has really warmed my heart.
It’s a defining moment on a global scale, because yes there is recognition from American society that we don’t live in the 17th century anymore/ Things are different. It’s also a global announcement to every other developed and developing nation to come forward and join 22 other nations who have seen beyond the stereotypical hysteria and paranoia that sometimes associates with the LGBTIQA community. Equality is needed.
But now, this is screaming at Australia to take a stand and do something. As Prime Minister Tony Abbott phrased it, there isn’t a need for a referendum like Ireland had on the right for gay and lesbian couples to marry. It’s up to the parliament. I do think there needs to be a referendum because lets be real, how much as been accomplished in our Parliament in the past year?
Moreover, as a heterosexual young woman in a 21st century society, isn’t it time Australia gives rise to the equality and freedom we preach about in every single freaking election/speech/media release? I vote YES for equality in Australia. The LGBTIQA community shouldn’t be feared or shunned or hidden. We need to learn to be more accepting. We need to see that there is inherently nothing different between all members of the straight and LGBTIQA community. Sexual preference should never discriminate rights and freedoms. I have it easy because I can marry a man and adopt if I want to. But the same should apply to everyone, not just in Australia, but globally.
We live in the 21st century. Isn’t it time we stopped living like it’s the 18th century? Times are changing, and change is inevitable. Either get with it or get out.
I vote YES for equality. I vote YES to give the LGBTIQA community at home in Australia the chance to legally bind themselves to the people they love in matrimony. We need to change as well. Equality is an unstated human right. Regardless of what your sexual preferences are. Love will always win. And I will always play my part to help, support and fight for the equality that was handed to me on a silver platter, but should reign over everyone.