YES!

I am not sure about you but I feel like I have run a marathon with all the marriage equality debate. I have a rule not to argue with strangers on the internet, which has kept my headspace nice and positive, although I did have an exchange with a cousin who has convinced herself that if she voted YES, then “Won’t someone think if the children!”

I tried my best to point out that the Safe Schools Program had NOTHING to do with marriage equality but my words were batted back to me and when she quoted “evidence” from Lyle Shelton, I knew that I was wasting my time.

Some friends and I gathered around the television yesterday at ten, to watch the announcement. We were very excited, nervous, anxious and as the results were read out ALL MY GOD ALL OF THE GOOSEBUMPS! We drank a bottle of champagne and there may have been a few tears shed, but there we were. A group of straight Mums knowing that our kids will be stunned in a few years time that this was even an issue, let alone one that divided communities, and bought hate and ugliness into our lives.

Now, I have been protesting things since I can remember. This was years ago when we were sending troops to Iraq. Bubba Horatio!

This was one of the first Marriage Equality Rally that we went to. Look at my Jack!

Here I am with mates at the Women’s Rally earlier this year.

Rallying and protesting is a very empowering thing to get involved in. And when the results came through yesterday, well I felt that I could finally exhale.

I needed to go to Taylor Square and celebrate. And I am so glad that I did. The atmosphere was electric, with strangers hugging strangers, strangers hugging police, people were openly weeping and dancing. These two gorgeous blokes have been together for 28 years! And yes, they are going to get married.

Love is love. It is that simple. And for far too long it has been a political ping pong game, being used as a tool for both sides of politics to score points, and it was very cruel and totally unnecessary. I am sure that there will be some argy bargy and some nitty gritty stuff to sort out, but I am very much looking forward to the wedding invites from my family and friends, to roll in.

I has been a while since I felt any patriotic pride but it is back. And it feels good.

Where were you when you heard the news?

Did you celebrate?