Mate, if the above from @bomberjase doesn’t show you why it’s worth voting yes, then probably nothing will.
He’s an actual bloke. With a family. A kid and a partner. Loves footy. Probably has a job and bills and ■■■■ like the rest of us. Just so happens his partner is a bloke.
Although it was kinda humorous, when you asked earlier why the question of SSM impacts him was a pretty good example of why a no vote makes no sense: you had no idea the bloke was gay. And nor should you have, just two people having a conversation like any two people can do. Just as any two people can play tennis, go on holiday, buy a house, start a business, get a cat, share a meal and even raise a child.
And if any two people can do all of that together, then why shouldn’t they be “allowed” to get married?
Further, what message are we sending, about ourselves and about them, by saying they can’t?
The “what about the poor children” argument put up by some, including the ACL, seeks to entrench the myth that gay people and their kids are abnormal. They are not. There are same-sex parent families all over the country right now, doing all of the things I listed above, just as heterosexual couples are doing. The only; only difference is that gay couples can’t marry.
I’d ask you, and anybody thinking about voting no because they don’t like mean, pushy lefties, to consider who stands to lose more: people having internet reactions, or people who are labelled as “abnormal” and are currently being told that their kids are “abnormal” too.
In my view, there’s no other reasonable, fair or decent option here other than to vote and to vote “yes”. People like bomberjase deserve it, are entitled to it and it is long overdue.