Iffiayah Wazza-Lefte: It’s time to trust Shorten and Turnbull on marriage

This webpage’s ‘inner lefty’ has emerged from the closet again. This time, Iffiayah Wazza-Lefte argues that we should not worry about voting on a law that has not been released to the public. Instead, she argues that we should trust the politicians to get it right on marriage…

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As a committed, progressive Australian who believes in a safe future for all of us, I can only express my dismay at the hateful and bigoted spite spewing forth in this country.

Let’s remember what ‘marriage equality’ is all about.

Love.

And acceptance.

And equality.

Take a look at this image from the Mardi Gras, the most fabulous cultural event in Australia:

Marriage Equality

If these people want to get married they should be able to do so. That is called fairness and equality.

Marriage will only bring dignity to their relationship. And it will provide a stable environment for any children these loving ‘Carer 1’ and ‘Carer 2’ may wish to raise.

So forget the hatred and the fear campaign.

And let’s move forward with confidence.

Bill Shorten, Malcolm Turnbull, Simon Birmingham, George Brandis, Christopher Pyne and Penny Wong, along with the Greens, have assured us that changing the law on marriage won’t impact religious freedom or our ability to speak our minds.

Every single one of them has said this is about marriage equality and marriage equality only.

And now it’s time to trust them. I do.

There is no big conspiracy. The media isn’t running an agenda.

Australians are simply being asked to vote ‘yes’ by the politicians, supported by big business, the media, the unions, the professional elites and now even the major sporting codes.

And then the government can get on with the business of drafting the law and passing it through parliament.

There will be no ‘unintended consequences’ because that promise has been made.

Of course, if the laws mean that anti-bullying programs become mandatory in schools then that will be a good thing. If the government recognises same-sex relationships then it is only right that the education system, every aspect of which receives government funding, should educate children about ‘equal love’, regardless of what their parents may think.

So if the haters end up breaking the law by refusing to allow programs like Safe Schools to be taught to their children, then they should face the full consequences. And it would only be right that their suitability to be parents should become a matter for the state: it hurts us all if they inflict hateful and bigoted views on their children.

But, of course, none of this has anything to do with ‘marriage equality’. So let’s move forward.

It’s clear that ‘marriage equality’ is not just about love. It’s also about trust.

That’s why I’m happy to let my inner-most progressive feelings out of the closet and to put it on the public record that I and other marriage equality advocates trust Bill Shorten and Malcolm Turnbull to get this right.

And they will.

In fact, if both of our major political leaders support changing the definition of marriage it must be recognised as a good thing.

So, like progressives everywhere, I will be ticking the ‘yes’ box and giving the government a green light to then go ahead and work out what the law should be.

And I ask all Australians to forget the broken promises and government failures of recent years. It’s time to let trust in our politicians win love for all of us.

Author: Iffiayah Wazza-Lefte

Iffaiyah Waazah-Llefte is a modern, secular, progressive Muslim feminist, deeply concerned about the loss of social justice and humanitarian values in today's deeply divided and fear-filled world. Embrace the love is her motto and it applies to all.

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