I never said, or even suggested that all religious people voted no. I don’t know how people voted, because the votes are anonymous. I think this assumption that the no vote in the western suburbs of Sydney was predominantly from first generation Australian’s is a convenient get out, with little actual evidence, that stops people from addressing the bigotry that is alive and well in modern Australia. I have little doubt that many of the 4.9 million people that voted no were multi generation Australians with no or little active religious affiliation and I dislike those people just as much as anyone who voted no for religious reasons.
As for left and right arguments, I couldn’t care less. Binary thought and team barracking do politics and society no favours.
Few things are black and white, but what’s not up for debate is that the no campaign was driven by religious groups. As such they need to take responsibility for the hurt that they have caused to the LGBTI community. That’s not something that can be levelled at the secular community (such as it even exists).
People are free to practice whatever beliefs they like, but the moment those beliefs affect the lives of others they should be held to account, and this vote and the debate surrounding it definitely impacts others. If you voted no, you are actively practising and advocating discrimination, regardless of whether that belief is based on religion or not.
If you are going to continually come to defence of those who discriminate, as you have done through this whole thread, don’t get upset when people take exception with it.