13.2 C
Byron Shire
April 23, 2021

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Yes

Latest News

Tweed Council to write to government for more housing support

With a shortage of affordable housing in most areas of the Far North Coast, it is not surprising that Tweed is also feeling the pinch and Council has declared a housing emergency in the area owing to a lack of availability and affordability.

Other News

Increase in remote access scams

Local financial institutions say there has been an increase in remote access scams experienced by customers recently.

Coalition ‘hellbent’

Mat Morris, Bangalow The NSW coalition seems to be hellbent on outdoing their federal counterparts when it comes to the denigration...

Upside down river

Richard White, East Ballina I was going to deride the various government departments and agencies (DPI, DPE, OEH, EPA etc) that...

Midwife quits

Deb Walsh, Fernleigh It’s become untenable for me to continue working in hospitals. I have quit. I will be deregistered soon...

Koala Wars

James Wright, Byron Bay On reading Dailan’s ‘Koala Wars’ I felt compelled introduce the readers to interesting debate about the health and...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 21 April, 2021

Check out entertainment listings for the week, with music, dance, cinema and all sorts events happening in and around the Byron Shire

peacelove

It’s the most powerful word in human language. ‘Yes’ says I am open. ‘Yes’ says that you will accept the views of another. ‘Yes’ gives permission. ‘Yes’ opens doors. ‘Yes’ extends a hand to another. ‘Yes’ gives you a lift home from a party. ‘Yes’ admits to wrongdoing. ‘Yes’ volunteers to help. ‘Yes’ believes in you. ‘Yes’ meets you for your morning walk. ‘Yes’ helps you move house. ‘Yes’ accepts you for who you are. ‘Yes’ says I love you and I choose to share my life with you. ‘Yes’ isn’t gendered. And every single person on the planet deserves ‘Yes’.

This week I hope you vote ‘Yes’. I hope you vote ‘Yes’ to something that is actually none of your concern. This whole plebiscite thing is just downright offensive. As a heterosexual woman whose rights are enshrined because I engage in government-sanctioned vagina-related activities, I really want to apologise to my fellow Australians who are currently experiencing this excruciating postal deliberation over their human rights. My actually having a right to vote on someone else’s heart, on whom someone might love, or choose to spend the rest of their life with, is obscene. It’s sad for our country and for the LGBTIQA community that their rights have become a matter of a conscience vote. Their rights are hinged on other people’s opinions on who they are. It’s cruel. I can’t see how my opinion, or anyone else’s, should even come into it. I opened the envelope and looked at this very simple piece of paper that asks my view on marriage equality by simply saying YES or NO. I almost cried when I saw it.

How can someone’s life be reduced to two boxes on a page? I am voting on a human right. A vote that will be informed by prejudice and religious bigotry. A vote informed by homophobia. A vote informed by fear. Senator Matthew Canavan, who recently resigned from the Liberal cabinet over his dual citizenship, told 1,500 people in Sydney on Saturday night at a launch for the Coalition for Marriage that thought crime would be punished by law. Here is a man who couldn’t even abide by the laws that apply to him as a politician lecturing the Australian public on ethics. He said the ‘yes’ side want to make it illegal to just express a different view about marriage, that is their agenda’. Um no, they just want to be able to get married if they want to. A lot of people – gay, lesbian, straight, transgender – may well choose to never get married. They just want the choice like the rest of us. The point is about giving someone an equal human right. A right that tells a person that they are valued, that their life choices are their own and won’t be used to limit the expression of their lives.

When you vote NO you tell our gay and lesbian community that they aren’t okay. You create a ghetto. Except it’s not in a street, it’s inside someone’s psyche. I have never understood homophobic people. For a group who profess to have disdain for the LGBTIQA community they sure spend a lot of time thinking about them. Worrying that the loving civil ceremony between Dave and Sean down the road might somehow devalue the 30-year marriage of Cyril and Edna Smith. They must have very little faith in their partners and in their marriages if they believe the only thing that sustains their values is that dykes and poofs can’t do it.

If I were PM I would make opposing same-sex marriage a crime. Being a right-wing poof-hating bigot should be against the law. I guess when those favourite Aussie pastimes such as poofta bashing became illegal those nasty god-loving poofta-hating heteros had to find another way to get the boot in. To kick those queers to the kerb. What kind of double-speak is Canavan employing by saying that by giving people a basic human right denies his mates their rights to have a verbal queerbash? Is that how they define freedom? Freedom to hate? The LGBTIQA community haven’t come out and had a go at our shitty choices. And hey, nearly two of our nice heterosexual marriages ends in murder every week, thanks to Mr Straight Bloke killing his wife. That’s how good we are at marriage. Clearly this is a heterosexual institution that’s worth safeguarding. As far as I see it this isn’t a plebiscite about marriage equality, it’s an idiot audit. NO voters need to go back to the 1950s where they belong, back to the good old days of white supremacy and the oppression of women. And stay there.

There should only be one box: YES. We are not just voting YES or NO. We are voting LOVE or FEAR. And every good Christian knows that God is Love, or so they say, so how can they vote NO? Love is all there is. Choose LOVE. Say YES.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Somebody should tell Senator Matthew Canavan that it’s too late. Thought crime is already prohibited in Australia, under his government. Look at Polly Tommey.

  2. 1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” Love your words on this too Mandy.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Simon Richardson steps down as Byron Shire Mayor

In an eventful day for Byron Shire Council, pot-stirrer Fast Buck$ was ejected from the council chambers yesterday and later Cr Simon Richardson announced that he will be stepping down as mayor from the end of next week.

Pay parking for Lennox Head?

Yesterday's Ballina Shire Council meeting saw councillors raise the spectre of paid parking at Lennox Head, and possibly elsewhere in the shire.

They will not be forgotten…

In the wake of the pandemic restrictions, ANZAC Day will be commemorated in a COVID safe fashion and some areas will ask residents to...

East Ballina Lions desperately needs new members

East Ballina Lions Club has given over thirty years of service to numerous community programs and initiatives, but if it doesn't get more members soon, it will have to close.