They should hand out some sort of boy-scout style Activist badges for this stuff. Badges for attending protests, badges for petitions, and one big arse badge for meeting your local MP. It’s quite intimidating, really. Of course everyone tries to make you as comfortable as possible, but, still….it’s a POLITICIAN.
So, dear readers, meet my politician:
My Voice in Canberra. The Vessel for My Thoughts. My Personal Representative in the Nation’s Capital (alright, maybe not personal). Josh Frydenberg, meet my readers. They’re rather rowdy. Gird your loins.
Now, I trotted off to Josh’s office earlier today to have a good ol’ chat about gay marriage. It’s at this point that I should mention Josh is from the Liberal party, is in a blue-ribbon Liberal seat that has never been held by the Labor party, and is Jewish. A chat about gay marriage was going to be….interesting.
But chat we did. It was all very polite, and very “I don’t want to offend you, but….”- but still, I’m glad I went. I can’t say anyone got into a screaming match (sorry to disappoint), but I’m glad that at least I tried. It’s kind of useless talking to someone about this when they say “My personal view is that marriage is between a man and woman”- because you don’t quite know if you’ll change their mind. I certainly don’t think I did that- religion and politics has a tendency to wipe the ability to change your mind from people’s heads. But I made the point that by the time my generation is a bit older, Australia’s stance on gay marriage will have changed. How can it not? Everyone is either gay, has a gay friend or relative, or gay parents. This isn’t going to change. What is going to change is the law that forbids two people who love each other to get married, simply because they’re the same gender.
That’s all I said to Josh, for those of you dying to know. I just said that to me, it makes sense. It’s equality in the absolute sense. Why shouldn’t gay people be allowed to marry. They’re allowed everything else in this country- they should be allowed this simple thing too. There are a million and one other reasons why gay people should be allowed to marry- but the simplest argument is equality. If you say that you believe in equality, and that your party has done X, Y and Z to make sure that gay people are not discriminated against, you CAN’T draw the line at marriage. You can’t say “Oh, no, sorry, that’s one step too far. You can have everything else, but you can’t have marriage.”
Equality. Try it on for size. Josh Frydenberg told me he only got married a few months ago. How would he feel if he COULDN’T get married to the person he loved, because the person he loved was a man? It’s that simple to reach a fair decision on it.
I should clarify; it’s complicated to CHANGE the law, but it’s SIMPLE to reach the conclusion that the law needs to be changed.
Finally, just to prove that I did talk with my local MP- here’s a picture of his office. Not too exciting, really. I was expecting more minions!