Watching the Australian government roll through a self-created slow-motion political crisis about marriage equality is a bizarre experience. Of course, my American government is currently run by dotty old reality TV show racist who's main talents are watching TV and stringing together incoherent, offensive sentences primarily constructed out of superlatives/buzzwords, so who am I to judge?
But seriously, Australia. Vote yes. It's about time.
A few years ago in the US, SCOTUS made marriage equality the law of the land. Contrary to decades of outraged social conservative predictions, our kids haven't all turned gay, people haven't started marrying their pets, and our children are still...children. I see you're hearing those same predictions from social conservatives now:
That video is a load of crap. They say it's a problem for kids to "miss out on a mum" if their parents are two men, but it's not a problem when a straight dad just walks out the door and doesn't come back. Where is their advertising campaign for outlawing divorce? It doesn't exist. Oh, and that mum that says her kid's teacher told her son he could wear a dress to school if he felt like it? First of all that literally has nothing to do with marriage equality. Secondly, so what if they did? Third, that woman is lying. The bottom line is that studies emphatically show that kids with same-sex parents are no better or worse off than kids with opposite sex parents, but that doesn't stop marriage equality opponents from saying the opposite:
All these social conservative arguments against marriage equality boil down to two things:
- GOD SAYS YOU NEED TO BE STRAIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- I NEED YOU TO BE STRAIGHT OTHERWISE I FEEL INSECURE IN MY OWN STRAIGHT IDENTITY AND ALSO GAYZ MAKES ME UNCOMFORTABLE.
My response to these arguments is simple:
- Well, no, you're saying that. Seriously, your mouth is moving, we can all see you. That's how talking works.
- Feeling uncomfortable is the price of living in a free society. Going to school board meetings and listening to bible studies during public comments make me uncomfortable, but guess what, no one cares. If marriage equality makes you uncomfortable:
Australia, I know you have a certain cultural casualness toward rules that makes them feel less like rules and more like suggestions, however in this case, the rules really matter. Australia should vote yes for marriage equality. Make sure you're signed up to vote by enrolling online. Even Aussies living overseas like my husband, or those going overseas soon, can sign up to vote.
Love is love is love is love and #LoveWins. Vote yes.