In the wake of the “YES” marriage equality survey result, Tim Dormer shares his thoughts. The winner of Big Brother 2013 is in a relationship with Ash Toweel.
Holy s*it, I am not ready for this! Every straight couple knows weddings are bloody expensive! The only way I’m going to turn my big gay wedding Pintrest dream-board into a reality is if I win another reality TV show.
Of course, I’m thrilled with the YES result! Phew, the majority of my fellow Australians agree that love is love, no matter what’s hanging low between my partner's legs.
I’m relieved our relationship can now be seen as equal under law. It is an historic moment for our country, but let’s face it… we’re a bit late to a party most of the world has been throwing for a few years now. I don't think the term ‘fashionably late’ really fits when we’re talking about human rights.
I just hope history remembers that it was the people of Australia whose voices made this happen-not the cowards in government who were all too busy trying to find their birth certificates and work out what country they’re from instead!
I tell you what, there have been times over the last few months I've thought that if I ever ran into Malcom Turn-No-Balls in the street, I’d love to show him a respectful debate, the old Aussie way, man to man. I swear I’d give him one for what he put us LGBTQI Aussies through!
Yes, I’m joking. I’m a peace-loving, tree-hugging hairy hippie and I don't condone violence against our Prime Minister. I’ve got to hand it to Tony Abbott though, if he was in office at least he would've had the guts to lead and legislate his hate…although he would have had an extra $122 million in the budget to spend on budgie smugglers.
Even bloody Kevin07 probably would’ve legalised same sex marriage if he was still in office, then divvied up all that plebiscite money as a ‘marriage bonus’ handout for all us engaged LGBTQI couples who never started saving for their wedding, because we thought it would never happen this century!
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In June this year (before I even knew the meaning of the word plebiscite), I proposed to my boyfriend on a beach on the other side of the world.
We thought we’d have a long engagement and that in a few years time (hopefully) my conservative family would catch up and celebrate our love with us, by which time our country would also let us legally get married.
As much as the last few months have been hell while our country dissected relationships like mine under a microscope, I’ve got to say that without this process I’m not sure I would have had the guts to demonstrate my love in such a bold way. I thought I’d never be brave enough to do this only a year ago when I came out.
I’ve had so many amazing conversations with members of my own family about how much this result will mean to me. We've stayed together as a family and chose to support each other despite our differences.
I really hope that instead of all the obvious negativity, this postal survey has helped some people to consider others who may be different to them in new light, with empathy to understand that we are all the same and all want to celebrate love.
When my partner Ash and I get married sometime next year, I know now that my family will all be there celebrating, happy that I found love…and that is my dream wedding’s priceless moment that I never thought would be possible. So thank you Australia, you’ve helped make me the gayest groom-to-be in the world!