Wollongong couple, Ben Rogers and Mark Poidevin, have spoken with the ABC’s 7:30 Report about why they will be voting “no” in the upcoming same-sex marriage postal survey. They want to preserve the traditional definition of marriage, they say.
“This could be the Brexit or Trump moment for Australia, where the polls are saying one thing but you go to the ballot box and people are clearly in another mind, going to vote another way,” Poidevin told 730.
The couple, who met 15 years ago, say that even if same-sex marriage is legalised in Australia, they won’t be walking down the aisle, despite Poidevin having proposed to Rogers in the past. “If we make one exception for one community, that being same-sex couples, where does it stop?” Poidevin said.
The couple feel their views are repeatedly dismissed as homophobic. “The campaign’s gotten nasty on both sides and I think the comments that I hear are, ‘You’re a homophobe if you don’t support gay marriage’,” Mr Poidevin said. “I’m a gay person here that’s coming out and saying, ‘Well, no it’s not. It’s your right to have a view, your right to have a view either way, and people should be respected.’ You’re not intolerant if you don’t support a view.”
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