You may wonder why the Identity Australia team is talking about the current discusion in the public domain on same-sex marriage. The answer is simple. The support group called PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) is both a customer of our customised lanyards and includes a mother from our IDA team. As Narelle Phipps quoted for the Australian Womens Weekly in 2010: "When my late husband and I found out our son is gay ... I knew that the most important thing was for us to stay together as a family." PFLAG's motto is "Keeping Families Together"; it was a wonderful help and support.
Our political parties are struggling with allowing their members a conscience vote on the bill when it comes before the Federal House of Representatives later this year.
The House of Representatives Committees published an online survey where 276,437 Australians participated (review the results here). If you would like to have your say contact your local member.
An issue such as this can fly under the radar for much of the time. However when someone you love and care for is gay, suddenly you have a different perspective and understanding of the platform on which the debate is centred. It becomes a deeply personal and important matter. It becomes more than a matter of the heart' affecting - as it can - your child's way of life. A gay son is unable to get married in Australia because of the way he was born. His heterosexual sister is married and indeed takes that right for granted. Same-sex marriage is a basic human right. Equal rights is something we take for granted in Australia, until you enter this area and realise that the human rights here are not equal.
The Roy Morgan poll during 2009 to 2011 has shown 60 to 70 percent of Australians are in favour of legalising same sex marriage.
We wish the House of Reps all the best in legislating on such a 'matter of the heart'.