Let Us All Have Our Say

A centrist essay arguing that the same sex marriage plebiscite alleviates both Left and Right concerns. Appears in the October 2016 edition of Quadrant.

After a rancorous decade of Australians demanding the right to decide for themselves whether the institution of marriage should be redefined to permit the inclusion of same-sex couples, it seemed we were on the cusp of achieving this democratic right. The decision wouldn’t be left to an elitist group of lobbyists or washed-up celebrities looking to reinvigorate their careers, nor to politicians whom the majority routinely make obvious they neither trust nor endorse, but rather the decision would befall our very selves; we would build the pillars of our democracy to support what we supported. Like Ireland only a few years before us, we had the opportunity to decide for ourselves what we wanted…

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