The “No” Vote: A “Yes” to Minority Voices

Marriage-Alliance-Australia-Minorities-No-Vote.jpgFor years, the LGBTI lobby has capitalised on its image of diversity and minority rights. Its campaign is constantly emblazoned with slogans such as ‘respect diversity’, ‘different and proud’ and ‘stop discrimination’.

However, in recent days, ‘yes’ campaigners seem to have fallen woefully short of their target, seemingly comprised of a very shallow pool of individuals:

Ironically, some of the most prominent advocates for change are quintessential representatives of the white establishment. Among the champions of the movement are Qantas CEO Alan Joyce, an Irish-born multi-millionaire, the caucasian US rapper Macklemore, Xavier College alumnus Bill Shorten, and an army of main-line Protestant pastors. 

Moreover, the lobby has utterly disregarded under-represented minorities such as the Indigenous Australians or the Asian community, dismissing their opinions as ‘religious bigotry’. 

The reality is that the denizens of the Left, usually so quick to celebrate and defend indigenous cultural norms, have bastardised their perspectives on the issue into a media narrative palatable for an inner-city audience. 

Why? Because many minority communities stand in staunch defense of a one-man, one-woman relationship.

Speaking to AAP recently, Peter Walker, an Aboriginal elder from NSW, said that “the sacred and traditional union between man and woman is deeply part of our ancient and continuing culture across all of our communities”. 

In 2015, Walker and dozens of elders from the indigenous community presented a bark petition backed by more than 46 indigenous groups and clans that urged members of federal parliament to oppose same-sex marriage. 

Although claiming to be grounded in diversity, the “Yes” campaign has already overlooked 46 indigenous groups because they refuse to censor their beliefs in exchange for ‘acceptance’. Ultimately, they have rejected these minorities because they are too diverse for the tastes of the ‘Yes’ campaign.

However, the “No” campaign is actively reaching out to these minorities with open arms.

The great irony of the same-sex marriage postal ballot is that, 50 years on from referendum on indigenous rights, a No vote to “marriage equality” is starting to look like Yes vote for minority rights.

Despite what the media may tell you, the “No” campaign has beaten the “Yes” campaign at its own game. They are the ones who are now protecting the interests of ethnic and religious minorities. They are the ones helping them to make their voice heard, despite the attempts of a small but powerful group to silence them. 

The “No” vote is a ‘yes’ to letting everyone have a say on marriage.

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