Stupid survey argument 

I’m still mad… Facebook post today…

If you haven’t voted yet and you intend to vote no, please consider this-
No traditions will be changed (it’s the civil marriage Act we’re talking about) not religious and PS traditions change CONSTANTLY otherwise you wouldn’t be working Sundays and living together before heterosexual marriage.
No religious freedoms will be hurt (religion can already make legal choices about employment etc re LGBTIQ people).

No children will be harmed (look into it FOR YOURSELF and you will see Safe Schools was never ‘dangerous’). If you think LGBTIQ people are pedophiles, you are not looking at the facts around child abuse statistics (Dad’s are more likely to abuse their children than strangers – pretty crap eh?)
Now, knowing all that, are you still ticking the No box?

That means you think you are more worthy of legal protection and recognition than me. That you are better, higher, more important with more special relationships.

Not true you say? 

Then tick YES. 

Otherwise don’t pretend to me it’s for the above reasons which are not reasons at all. 

And yes, I’m still hurting and my children are hurting and my LGBTIQ friends are hurting and if you love me and you are not hurting, then do you really love me, or just who you think I should be?

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Yes!

I’m sending this postal survey back with yes marked. Why did we need to have this ridiculous survey when they could just get it done.

Mark yes!

Wishing you all the happiness the Universe can bring

Tanya

Why I need you to vote yes

I’ve got lots of arguments about why you, as an Australian, need to tick the yes box.

However, here’s the one that’s the most personal.

The fact that you get a say at all on whether I can have a legal document to certify my relationship is as legal and legitimate as your heterosexual one should indicate this is a pretty sensitive subject.

It’s so sensitive in fact that I’ve been unable to broach it with the people that are closest to me because of the fear of rejection.

I know some family members and friends are quite traditional and/or religious.

Even though this is not actually about religious freedom or tradition, I’m afraid they will choose this ‘traditional’ view over me.

I have felt rejection for many reasons for my whole life. I’m not skinny and I’m not straight. Neither of which I can change.

This ‘vote’ is incredibly painful for me. I’ve been struggling to go below the politics to get to the feeling of it and find that it is the ultimate rejection – a whole country gets to say no, you aren’t good enough for this LEGAL bit of paper given to you by the government. (Or hopefully yes, but why are we even asking at all?)

It’s what I’ve heard from churches, religions, randoms – people who don’t even know me.

So if I don’t ask you about the survey vote, it’s not because I don’t care and I don’t want you to tick yes.

It’s because I can’t bear the thought of hearing that you’ll vote against me – not some imaginary bunch of people or even some words on a page. You’re saying that I am less than you. There is no other definition of the no box.

And I can’t take it. I can’t take it.

I’ll love all of you anyway but if you aren’t voting yes, please don’t tell me that you are voting no, because I don’t want to have that cut on my heart.

Wishing you all the happiness the Universe can bring

Tanya