A majority of Australians support same sex marriage, according to polls. As I have said before, it is not something I am passionate about personally, but I do recognise that it is important to many same sex couples. The ongoing joke between R and myself is when asked by someone, as you have heard before, well when I find someone I want to marry, I may be interested.
So a majority of Australians support same sex marriage, yet our politicians, including our newest Prime Minister elected in his own right, want a plebiscite on same sex marriage. That is a vote where everyone has to attend a poll and must vote with their opinion. This will come at a cost of $160 million and will probably indicate that the majority of Australians want to join the rest of the world with legalising same sex marriage.
No matter what the result of the plebiscite, it is not binding and if a change of policy goes before parliament, it may well be voted down and there will not be same sex marriage in Australia. How will that go down, both here and around the world.
For Christ's sake, just end this nonsense and just fucking well change the law.
Deal done. Those who are against same sex marriage will have forgotten about it come next Federal election, especially as it will be proved that society has not collapsed, just as it hasn't in other places where same sex marriage is allowed. Why is our government wasting so much time on this and why are taxpayers having to spend so much on something that will happen at some point anyway?
Courtesy Hels, here is a list:
give or take various and changing state and provincial laws, here are the countries that allow or recognise same-sex marriages:
South Africa 2006
New Zealand 2013