Prime Minister: “Same-Sex Marriage Affects Every Australian”

Marriage-Alliance-Same-Sex-Marriage-Impact-Australians.pngDuring an interview with Fran Kelly this month, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirmed what we all know: that same-sex marriage affects everyone. 

During the interview he was pointedly asked:

[W]hy do you think that LGBT Australians should have their equal rights subjected to a vote by the entire population? Why is that fair or right? Or good precedent?

In response, the Prime Minister made it clear that changing the definition of marriage would have an overarching effect on all Australian citizens, and not just those initially affected by the policy. 

You've said there’s something illegitimate about giving the people a vote on an issue. Now, what I’m saying to you is, we have a long precedent in respect to the constitution. I know this is not a constitutional referendum. So you can't say giving the people a vote is somehow or other undemocratic or illegitimate.

…this is - if you like - a novel approach, but it is perfectly democratic. There is no question about that. Changing the definition of marriage affects every Australian. It affects not just LGBTI Australians, it affects everybody. I mean, you see the way your proposition would go, is you’d say the only people that should be entitled to have a say on this are gay Australians. 

Turnbull goes on to defend his position, stating that true equality would imply that every citizen should have the right to vote on this important issue. He asks the interviewer if gay Australians “are the only Australians who have a say in this?” He summarises by saying that although the gays in Australia definitely deserve a voice, they should not have more say than any other citizen, because he knows that changing laws have consequences for everyone.

However, despite the Left’s logical fallacies against the plebiscite, many of those in favour of same-sex marriage still oppose the plebiscite. They are concerned about its potential to evolve into a platform for homophobia and bigotry. But in shouting down the plebiscite they fall victim to the consequences of their own bigotry. They refuse to let all Australians freely express themselves. As Turnbull pointed out, there is no question that the plebiscite is perfectly democratic. Allowing the people to express their view on this important issue is a win for free speech and democracy in Australia. 

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