The Marriage Equality plebiscite is still on the horizon.

As well as speaking out against the nay-sayers, people are talking about grassroots campaigns. Some are door-knocking and speaking with their neighbours. Others might hand out fliers. A few people I know are hanging out rainbow bunting or flags. And a few have made their own signs to stick inside windows or on some other part of their home, to show their support and even invite discussion. I like that idea. A nice little sign letting people know that they have your support.

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The same-sex marriage debate, thanks to this appalling postal plebiscite idea, is about to get pretty hard to stomach. Homophobic campaigners are being given extraordinary license to debate the validity of homosexual relationships in the public sphere. The cost, to the LGBTI community, is bound to be high.

If you, like me, are not directly effected by this plebiscite, that's well and good. We are very fortunate. We don't have to stand by while people who hate us or disapprove of us try to influence others to deny us a human right. It won't be our relationships being used as fodder for lies and scare-mongering. Lucky us.

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Same sex marriage. It seems like something that should never have been prevented in the first place and yet it was

Religious groups are lobbying against it. Conservative politicians and ex-politicians are speaking against it. Ignorant bigots are speaking against it. The government, if re-elected, wants to spend millions (somewhere between $160- $525 million dollars, depending on who you believe) on a pointless, non-binding plebiscite over it. There are pamphlets being prepared in the hope of perpetuating the bigotry and fear-mongering around something that is actually completely innocuous- couples who just want to get married.

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