OPINION: Why are we voting on something 76% of us support?

IF 76% of Australians already agree gay people should be able to marry each other, why do we need to hold a plebiscite on the issue?

Shouldn't our elected politicians show some intestinal fortitude and just get on with the job rather than go through the pain and expense of asking what all reputable polls have already told us the overwhelming majority of Australians want?

Many same sex couples and their children are not in favour of a plebiscite because of the unwelcome debate it is likely to stir up.

They are afraid of the hurtful, ignorant and hateful comments likely to be directed at them as part of a plebiscite campaign.

After watching Monday night's Q&A program on the ABC, I am inclined to agree.

I must admit, I was feeling marginally okay at the prospect of a plebiscite because at least that would be a step forward from where we are now.

But there were so many side issues, non issues and agendas being played out in Monday night's discussion that I could see a plebiscite getting very muddy, very quickly.

Since when did Australians, and their elected representatives, become followers and not leaders?

One section of the community is simply asking to have what everyone else has, and that is the right to marry the person they love.

What's there to debate about that?


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