Today Australia FINALLY made history. We joined so many other countries in the world who offer equality to their LGBTI+ community where marriage is concerned. Yes, we can finally get married!
Congrats to all of those friends who married overseas and with the passing of the Bill are finally now, officially and legally, married here too. It’s about damn time.
It really is something that hits so hard.
After attending so many weddings over the years of friends and family. Having, since 2004, to listen to the words enshrined by the Howard government into the marriage act declaring that I would never, as far as they were concerned, be allowed to marry.
Watching as Bill after Bill had been submitted and defeated over the years since.
Having read the Dean Smith bill and thinking, “I can live with that”.
Having sat through hours of Senate Enquiry hearings where people gladly put their hate on display, and thankfully were countered by the many that showed support.
Having been made to feel wretched leading up to and during the survey into my rights, mostly driven by so-called Christians.
Hearing the result of that survey, a resounding 61.6% of the country voting YES! Though understanding that it still meant 2 of every 5 people were against our union.
Seeing the Bill pass through the Senate.
Listening to hours more of amendments repeated in the House of Representatives that sought to enshrine a level of discrimination into the law that would reach far beyond marriage equality.
Finally seeing the count after a division was forced, that just four members of parliament were in opposition. It was great to see.
So yes, we finally join every other English speaking country in the world as well as others, including Austria, who also passed marriage equality today. I look forward to my upcoming nuptials.
I applaud all of those who fought for this, I know I didn’t do that much in the grand scheme of things and there were tireless fighters who were at the forefront of this for the last 20-odd years. I also applaud those who forty plus years ago began the marches that we continue today for equality.
This truely is the last hurdle we had to overcome, with this passing it will be understood when I’m in a hospital and I declare, “He’s my husband” there will be no quandary and no quarrel, there will be a time soon when there won’t even be a second look to that statement and for that I’m grateful always for those who came before and those who will come after.
Thank you Australia, thank you friends and family, and thank you David who has been with me for over 20 years and will finally be able to become my husband… if he still wants to.
And finally, asking for a friend: Does the Lego Discovery Centre at Chaddy have a wedding gift registry? :-P