Love is love. You’d think that would be a good enough reason on it’s own to legalise same-sex marriage wouldn’t you? But our government is making this far more complicated than it needs to be by spending $122 million dollars on a non-compulsory postal vote to see what the people think about the issue. The problem is it shouldn’t be an issue at all. Australia is one of the last advanced English speaking nations that does not allow same-sex marriage and it’s about time we stepped out of the dark ages and put this right. I mean why is this still even being discussed?
Australia has been so advanced in so many ways yet is failing miserably when it comes to equal rights for LGBTQ people. Take the right for women to vote for example. “In 1902, as a result of the vigorous lobbying of Australian suffragettes, the Commonwealth of Australia became the first country in the world to give women both the right to vote in federal elections and the right to be elected to federal parliament when they passed the Commonwealth Franchise Act 1902 (Cth).” (http://www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/austn-suffragettes)
Basically what is happening is our government is telling an entire group of people they are not allowed to do something everyone else can do, based on something they cannot control. A persons sexuality is not a choice, it’s just the way they are and there is nothing wrong with that. It’s now up to us a nation to give them the choice to get married if they want to because it’s the right thing to do.
LGBTQ people experience higher rates of mental health problems and higher rates of suicide than the rest of the Australian population. (Beyond Blue) This is unacceptable. Discrimination, exclusion, homophobia and stigma are key factors in this statistic. Legalising same-sex marriage would go a long way to help end this problem and improve the mental health of LGBTQ people. Which, if you want to look at it this way, would also go towards lowering the demand for mental health services in Australia and therefore costing the Australian tax payer less.
Many people cite religion as a reason for not wanting same-sex marriage. To me this doesn’t make any sense at all. If you believe homosexuality is a sin. That’s fine. If you believe homosexuals are all going to hell. That’s fine too. If it turns out your right does it really effect you in any way? You are not the one entering a same-sex marriage. This is not your choice, this is up to each individual to decide what is best for them in their own life. Religion says that God gave us free will, so why are we denying part of the population their free will? It’s time we let people decide for themselves. No one is getting hurt by allowing people this freedom.
Children should grow up with a mum and dad is another reason people give. Well I’ve got some news for you. There are millions of children in this world that grow up without a mum or a dad. This is not uncommon. There are plenty of single parents out there raising kids just fine without the other parent. There are also plenty of children out there with no parents at all, living in foster care or orphanages with no family. Is it not better for a child to grow up in a loving environment with a caring family regardless of whether they are same-sex or not? Same-sex couples are just as capable of raising and loving a child as a heterosexual couple. Perhaps their children might even learn about tolerance and acceptance of other peoples differences that many Australians seem to be lacking.
Same-sex couples are not going to turn their kids ‘gay’ anymore than they are going to change their skin colour. And if it turns out their child is attracted to the same or both sexes why is this a problem? As long as they are loved and respected it shouldn’t matter. I’d rather see a child raised by a loving same-sex couple than live in an abusive or neglectful environment.
At the end of the day there is no legitimate reason why a same-sex couple shouldn’t have the same rights as heterosexual couples. If you are an Australian citizen I urge you to please vote ‘yes’ in the upcoming postal vote for same-sex marriage.