My gay friends do not have the same rights as me and I am not cool with that.

Malcolm Turnbull became the first sitting Prime Minister to Attend Mardi Gras in 2016

From the week beginning September 12, you can expect a ballot in your mailbox. This is for us to let the government know whether we support marriage equality for all Australians. We will have until November 7 to complete our vote, which is not compulsory.

This was announced today. This is because a bill for a compulsory plebiscite is expected to be blocked by the Senate this week.

So Australian same-sex couples are going overseas to get hitched, but here’s the kicker. Australian laws currently mean that if things go south (and they do because Marriage is HARD WORK) they are unable to get divorced and the United Nations deems this to be a violation of human rights.

If the plebiscite result was in favour of same-sex marriage, Coalition MPs would have a conscience vote on a private members’ bill. This, despite the polls showing that two thirds of us support marriage equality.

It was journalist Lane Saintly’s flow chart that can help you make more sense of the situation. It sure helped me.

Which I supposed brings me to my point of WHAT IS THE FUCKING POINT? This whole circus going to cost us, the taxpayers, $122 million dollars. Now of course Labor is getting their tits in a tangle and releasing some interesting facts of their own, such as what $122 million dollars could be spent on instead.

Which of course is where we should be spending the money, but you have to ask why Labor didn’t do this years ago when it was in power. As a result of years of using marriage equality as a political pawn, and dodgy egotistical driven back room meetings making shady deals with the conservative parties, it has come down to this. It makes me irritable and makes me want to let myself off the chain and scream JUST FUCKING DO IT ALREADY YOU CRUEL ASSHOLES.

Of course there is an even uglier side to this debate. There are approximately 35 thousand same-sex families in Australia and we are telling them that they do not deserve the same rights as the rest of us do. Dangerous propaganda has already emerged today as a result of the Governments actions.

This started doing the rounds again today, authorised by a former Liberal Party MP Chris Miles.

Which is such bullshit. I am lucky enough to be included in the lives of many same-sex couples and their families. Nobodies sexuality can determine their worth as a parent, a friend, a partner or as a person.

I know it might seem to you that I have been banging on about this for years and that is because I HAVE been banging on about it for years. And it is frustrating and infuriating and I just want to bang my head against a brick wall. I have written thousands of words (read some here) and have walked thousands of steps in peaceful protest about this basic human right for a person to formalise their love, if that indeed is what they want to do.

And I gotta tell you, it is getting really tiring.

So what can we do about it? First of all make sure you are enrolled correctly at the Australian Electoral Commission. CLICK HERE

Click HERE and whack in your postcode to find out your MPs stance on Marriage Equality. Send them a little note. Don’t forget, they work for us, not the other way around.

Finally, know that eventually this is going to happen. And then we can look back at this period of history with great shame.

Do you think it is time?

  • Noelene

    Just vote get on with it and give everyone the same rights

  • Kel

    Oh, Mrs Woog. Thank you for fighting for us. My beautiful beloved is really quite damaged by the decisions made yesterday. She’s so upset and sad about it – we both are, but hers is louder than mine at the moment. I guess because her kids have grown into adults who have been receiving the loud message that their mum’s love is not legally recognised as equal in Australia since the she came out. Her dad is 90 and we’re running out of time for him to see us get married. My dad, he’s 70, and after he lost his best friend and wife several years ago, he knows the value of love and the joy of being married to your best friend. I don’t want a lavish wedding. I don’t even want to have it at a church. I just want the same rights as my brother and sister – rights which I lost the second I came out. But we’ll get through this storm. And we’ll do it, knowing that every person on our street can cast a vote deeming whether or not our love is to be recognised as equal. We’ll do it knowing that it’s going to hurt and cause tears and heartbreak and hopefully, eventually, joy. Because to settle for anything less, for us, is saying that the lack of equality is OK. And it’s not. It’s really not.

  • It makes me so sad that we lack leaders who are willing to lead.
    My fear is that, because of the plebiscite, my children will be forced to listen to propaganda from anti-marriage equality groups.
    They were flower girls at their Aunts’ wedding. As far as they know love is love. I’m not sure I’ll be able to keep this poison out of our home and it makes me sad.

  • FunMumX3

    OMG just read the left-hand panel of the brochure. WHO IS THIS FUCKWIT? That is beyond outrageous. Propaganda and hysteria with no basis in fact. Unbelievable.

    (And why doesn’t spell check like the word FUCKWIT? Try to keep up, Siri)

    Will send over Justin Trudeau to school your right-y politicians.

  • Lamadoodle

    I am neither Australian, nor in Australia, but I hope that common sense will prevail, once and for all.

    One of my favourite “takes” on this is Janis Ian’s (NB: some laws in some countries have changed since she wrote this)

  • Highcar

    Oh Mrs Woog, the idiocy of our politicians. The only people this make sense to are the liberal party. What a lot of money to buy off the conservatives and keep Malcom Turnbull Prime Minister.

  • Emma

    This makes me so angry. Why are people so narrow minded? Why does everyone not just accept everyone else? Why spend a buttload of money when the majority of Australians agreed with same sex marriage? Politicians have a lot to answer for!!! and that brochure should be burnt, seriously which year is it again???

  • 4217 Steven Ciobo I have been trying to get an answer from him about where ge stands and get spin and bullshit. Gold coasters please let him know what you think although I am not convinced he will listen.

  • Christy Grove

    What a fucking joke. Really. $120 odd MILLION??? Just disgraceful. Playing politics is disgusting at the best of time. This is… I don’t know what the word is beyond despicable. Labor can’t be the good guy now if they were in so much support, then why isn’t it legislation? The backbenchers are in charge – AKA the tail wagging the dog. PS Thanks for the link to the website. Just checked mine and OPPOSED!! Now I’m really angry. Scott Buchholz you will shortly be receiving a sternly worded email.