Reminder: You Only Have One More Day To Enrol For Marriage Equality

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To participate in the Marriage Law Postal Survey you need to be correctly enrolled by 24 August 2017. This means you have less than 48 hours to ensure your vote counts.

Fortunately, the whole thing can be done online in a few minutes.

If you're not on the electoral role or have recently changed address, you only have until tomorrow to update your details. Failure to do so will result in not being able to vote.

The good news it that there's no need to wait for ages on the phone or post a physical form - the whole process can be completed online and it only takes a few minutes. All you need is a form of identification such as a driver's licence or passport number. (A scanner is not required.)

Here are all the links and info you will need. Stop putting it off. Do it right now.

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    Please call it what it is, Same Sex Marriage. If you look at the marriage act no mention is made about gays not being allowed to marry, thus they already have equal rights to heterosexuals. Remember, Elton John got married in Australia and he is most definitely gay.

      It's about giving homosexual couples the equal right to marry the person they love.

      thus they already have equal rights to heterosexuals.
      No, they actually don't.

        Yes, they actually do. What they are asking for is EXTRA rights. At the end of the day it is same sex marriage, NOT equal rights.

          Let's use your logic. Gay people are asking for extra rights, but logically those extra rights extend to everybody not just gay people. Theoretically allowing two straight women to get married.

          That is then equal.

          Yes what extra rights?

          Better yet how exactly is marriage equality going to affect you directly?

      The Marriage Act 1961 was amended in 2004 so that under subsection 5 (1) of Part 1 - Preliminary marriage is to be interpreted as: marriage means the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life. In Australian law that means marriage between a woman and a woman, or a man and a man, is not legally recognised.

      We accurately and appositely refer to the current scenario as marriage equality because the definition of marriage is not inclusive of same-sex couples: it is unequal. Same-sex marriage is also an accurate descriptor, but does not capture the disparity of the scene as marriage equality does.

      Please stop attempting to diminish the current situation or reframe the matter to the detriment of the LGBTIQA+ community. Your actions are clearly invidious, you're not fooling anyone.

        Well, a lot of big words there but happily you accurately and appositely made my point for me. Thank you. And by the way, I am not trying to anger anyone or cause offence. I happen to believe in full transparency and what we have been seeing is definitely not that.

      You are confusing a few things, and getting one correct. You suggest they have equal rights, I presume, disagreeing about the equality part. In fact they do not have equal RIGHTS. At this point this has nothing to do with rights. There is no right to anything involved here (those who say homosexuals have a right to marry are as confused- or ignorant- as yourself). As to whether this is a move to equality, it can be argued it is (notwithstanding the illogical arguments that it will only be equality because it diminishes existing marriage). If and when the legislation changes to allow same-sex marriage, THEN "they" will have a right.

      As to being equal now, as pointed out below, no it is not. John Howard spearheaded the move to change the legislation (a slimy, cowardly move in my opinion) and make sure it wasn't equal.

    @crazyoldranga Okay we'll call it what it is. Marriage.

    But yes the government is spending billions on a plebiscite because it's *already legal*. Uh huh. Yep. Okay.

      I think he means gays are allowed to marry as long as they marry someone of the opposite sex..? Actually, I dunno.

        That's right jake_d, but she's too stupid to understand. Or too bigoted.

          Okay so they are asking for "extra" rights. But those "extra" rights should be given, period. No one, not even God, baby Jesus, mother Mary, any other religious entity or government should be able to dictate to someone who they choose to love and marry. Give them the rights they deserve and stop wasting tax payers dollars on some stupid postal vote because people cannot handle other people being happy.

            This is nothing to do with rights. Same sex couple do not have a right that they are being denied. What we are voting (ha!) on here is whether we agree including same sex marriage in our social conventions is the correct thing to do, at this point. I'm never certain of the illogical path those arguing for this RIGHT have travelled, but illogical it is.

            If and when the law permits (aren't we generous?) same sex marriage, then the right will exist.

              Perhaps i don't understand the whole same sex marriage thing but it was my belief that same sex couples are unable to marry in Australia. If that is the case it suggests to me that a same sex couple is not permitted to marry under the current rules and regulations as any other "traditional" heterosexual couple. If that is indeed the case, why can i not argue that a same sex couple is not given the same privilege / RIGHT to marry as heterosexual couples. If the word "right" is not correct in a legal sense or some other bullshit, whatever. The fact of the matter is that the whole debate is a non issue and we should stop debating, spending money etc etc and just let people marry who they want to marry.

          In that case it's "extra rights" for everyone. Straight people will be able to marry a same sex partner also. It's not just just that gay people who can already technically legally marry the opposite sex will be able to marry same sex. So....dun-dun-dun... equality.

      Spending billions you say, meaning at least 2 billion? 122 million is not even close.

      Its hilarious that you've been upvoted by 4 people. Your comment saying the government is spending billions instead of 122 million is the dumbest comment in the world but because your ideology matches these other kid's ideology they upvote you. Dumb and dumber. You guys are dumb as fck.

    To devout religious people marriage is the "holiest of holy unions" and so to them a marriage between same sex people is anathema. To me the whole issues seems to be around the word "marriage". I believe we could avoid the issue entirely by having some umbrella term (I don't know what - to the law the term would be the same as "marriage" is today.) that encompasses the union between opposite sex couples and same sex couples.

    In the same way that other organisations that break up can't use the term that the original group uses. For example, the "first" Japanese Shotokan karate group Japanese Karate Association (JKA) split to form SKI, SKA, ITKF, WSKF... They are all still Shotokan karate but each with their own name.

      Thank God that devout religious people are getting smaller and smaller in number every year. Hopefully in 50 so years people will forget all about worshipping make believe entities.


        I wish people would use their own brains and make a rational decision not based on teachings and law etc created centuries ago.

        But lets not forget that Jesus had two fathers.

          If you're trying to get people to listen to you, calling them irrational isn't the way to do it.

            Hahahah very true. I am passionate about this subject. I let my emotions get in the way sometimes.

          Mate. Many people are voting no for reasons other than religion.

            That is true. I cannot understand those reasons but that is beauty of free speech and choice, something a same sex couple currently doesn't have if they want to get married.

            People can have an opinion/belief and are entitled to it. Religion is a perfect example of this. People are provided the opportunity to choose what they believe in and can practice that belief, for the most part, freely. They are not told option 1 is the only belief and all others are false and cannot be practiced.

            By denying a same sex couple marriage because it is against some personal belief / reason, is denying that couple the freedom to choose how they want to live or how they integrate into society as a whole.

        I agree that religion doesnt make sense, as i am a person who only believes in what he sees with his own eyes.

        I also see that religion (excepting one called islam) is not negatively effecting western society and if you want to be christian, buddhist, hindu its your business.

      So... the same rights, but... different. Kind of like how they had a water bubbler for Black people and kept the original one JUST for the Whites?

      That's not equality mate. Marriage existed before the religions that currently fight so hard to define it based on their own terms - religion should have no sway over the meaning.

    Another warning to those who have moved recently (as I have).

    About four weeks ago (soon after the move), I received a letter from the AEC to my *new* address stating that they were aware of the move, and if I was happy with my address being updated, to sign the enclosed form and return. I signed and returned the following day.

    Yesterday, I received another email from the AEC (again to my *new* address), stating that due to the Postal Plebicite, they would not be updating my address based on my previously signed and posted form, and that if I did want my address updated, I'd have to find another way to do it.

    I'll be fixing it up today. But be aware that even if you've done all the right things, this is being run so shoddily that changes of address aren't getting processed.

    I don't see any reason why gays shouldn't have the opportunity to be as miserable as the rest of us.

    In saying that, I'm not actually enrolled.

    Remove the oxy and we have found the perfect word to describe yourself and your idiotic statement

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