We did it! We got the YES vote for marriage equality, after a $122 million dollar waste-of-time- plebiscite which caused incredible distress to many members of the gay community, especially young folk (calls to helplines quadrupled).
61% Yes, 38% No. Personally, I’d like it to be 99% Yes, but all that really matters now is that it becomes law. And Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has tweeted that he will make it so by Christmas. That literally makes me cry typing that; so many Queer couples I’ve never even met will be able to fulfil their romantic dream, AND be equal in the eyes of the law.
My Facebook feed is full of smiling faces surrounded by rainbows, with tears of relief and excitement flooding down. I join them gladly; it’s an honour.
I felt so emotional all day yesterday, unexpectedly so. If I’d have lived in one of the capital cities, I’d have been out dancing to all those classic old favourite disco songs with the rest of my wonderful gay community! (Melbourne and Sydney both returned 84% Yes votes).
Love is Love indeed; I may not want to get married, but it’s a human right to be equally allowed to do so. And I’ve walked in both worlds, the straight and the Queer, so I feel like I know the relief of just being able to be your true self, and to show your love for your beloved.
On that note, ‘H’ arrives tomorrow for a week! Perfect timing. From the wide spaces of Australia, through the cities and regional towns, to the Arrivals gate of the Domestic airport, all we all want is to feel connected, respected, valuable, and equal.
Yesterday, Australia did just that.
And if you want to join in this feeling of delight, click this link for photos of celebrations around the country. How beautifully bright and joyous is that??
It’s Time! And we did it. HURRAY!
And I must acknowledge, with deepest respect, all the gay and lesbian activists (young and old), as well as just regular people living their gay lives, and raising their gay families, who have steadily and determinedly campaigned for equal rights, visibility, and acceptance.
From their decades of relentless, painful, and sometimes dangerous work, comes this freedom and joy. I salute you all.
In absolute gratitude for Love, G
PS: Dear WordPress, thank you for the ongoing support with the rainbow bar on blogs in Australia; please don’t take it away, it’s so pretty, love G xxx