Reminder: You Only Have One More Day To Enrol For Marriage Equality

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To participate in the Marriage Law Postal Survey you need to be correctly enrolled by 24 August 2017. This means you have less than 48 hours to ensure your vote counts.

Fortunately, the whole thing can be done online in a few minutes.

If you're not on the electoral role or have recently changed address, you only have until tomorrow to update your details. Failure to do so will result in not being able to vote.

The good news it that there's no need to wait for ages on the phone or post a physical form - the whole process can be completed online and it only takes a few minutes. All you need is a form of identification such as a driver's licence or passport number. (A scanner is not required.)

Here are all the links and info you will need. Stop putting it off. Do it right now.

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    Enrolling for 1 survey is not worth the years of hassle enrolling causes.

    I'm already enrolled to vote (e.g. voting for parties/prime minister). Pardon my ignorant question, but would that mean that I'm enrolled to vote in this, as well?

      Yes, if you're on the roll, you're on the roll. :)

        Having said that, it's always worth double checking, particularly if you've moved at all in the last couple of years. My girlfriend thought she was enrolled but forgot she hadn't updated her address details since the last election. After that I made sure to double-check my own. Takes 30 seconds and is worth the peace of mind. :)

          Thanks guys, appreciate the input.

          I just checked to see my enrollment but it gave me an error message... regardless, I have voted, and my home address? I've lived there my entire life.

            Could be that the site is straining under the traffic of last-minute enrollers/checkers. From what you've said, it sounds like you're probably going to be fine.

    no way I'm voting in this insulting farce.
    It's undemocratic and unfairly skewed.
    Also, why should we have a public vote to determine basic human rights?

      I feel the same way, but I'm going to vote. Not voting will just legitimise the "No" vote and we need to put an end to the debate and move on.

      Last edited 23/08/17 3:49 pm

      Vote anyway. I agree it should be handled by the pollies, and it's a stupid waste of money, but they went for the postal vote in the hopes of reactions like yours. Vote anyway and throw it in their faces so we finally get this done, for your friends, family and hell, your fellow people.

      Please vote, yes it is a farce, but if there's a YES outcome then it's more likely to go before parliament, which will then likely pass, putting an end to the silly 'debate.'

      Keep your fingers crossed that the High Court throws this disrespectful waste of money postal survey out.

      But if it does happen, and you agree with marriage equality, please do vote. An abstention is as good as a no vote.

    What if you are living with a spouse which is a different location from your Electorate?
    I want to vote but am living in Beverly Hills and my residential address is in Castle Hill?

    What if I don't think gay people should be married?

    Haha! Just being a dick, I think gay people should be married. Really I think marriage is a waste anyways.

      My plan
      - Vote yes
      - Study law
      - Become divorce lawyer who specialises in same sex divorce. (No real difference, just windows dressing)
      - Profit.

    So remind me, why do same-sex couples _want_ to get married? Legal benefits (are there any extra to defacto)? Relationship benefits? Any fringe benefits (can adopt children)? Philosophical reasons? Emotional?

    I'm actually genuinely confused why this seems to be a big deal. I'll vote yes, myself, because I don't object to the idea, but I'm just wondering why there seems to be a demand for it.

      There's still a few issues around defacto rights that would be easier to nip with just extending the option to gay couples.

      Because marriage is what we've been taught to chase and desire. For most part we can get defacto-identical-except-for-name-certificates but that isn't the same thing outside of legal/logic terms.

      It's a massive culture thing we're forced out of.

      From what I understand, marriage offers legal rights that are not available to civil union and de facto relationships.

      EDIT: Just did some very quick research. Some rights afforded to married couples that are NOT afforded to those in civil unions include:

      Legal recognition of the relationship in other states
      Tax benefits available to married couples only
      Immigration benefits when petitioning for a non-citizen spouse
      Federal benefits, such as social security, medical, and life insurance

      Last edited 23/08/17 8:16 pm

        Awesome, thanks! That's just the sort of info I was interested in knowing.

      In 2009 the Rudd gov't ammended 85 federal laws to remove discrimination to same-sex defacto couples - but despite this there are still a few legal avenues that remain closed to gay couples. That and the fact that marriage is something that - for some reason - people aspire to.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recognition_of_same-sex_unions_in_Australia#Rudd_Government_2008.2F09_reforms

      Personally i'd prefer if they just removed all mention of marriage from legislation and just created a couples register - not even civil unions, just a means of saying "we opt in to the benefits bestowed upon couples".

      Let anyone "marry" anyone and remove the legal legitimacy from people who insist on giving it "moral" or religious overtones.

      Last edited 24/08/17 10:42 am

      An English man in a same sex marriage visited Australia and his partner died on the honeymoon. Because our government are a bunch of dicks they didn't recognise his marriage and they had to organise everything through his partners family who were still back in England. That's one of the many reasons why we need marriage equality in Australia.

        Yep, I agree, that does sound like an excellent reason.

    Hi Kotaku,

    I just wanted to say thank you for reminding us of this. By that, I mean the marriage equality issue, not the plebiscite - we all know it's a farce but as a gay person WHO PAYS HIS FUCKING TAXES I appreciate that you are advocating awareness and doing your bit to get this amazing country past it's current two-bit, retrophoric, limp-dick, flaccid, soft-cock, tiny, itsy, not-good, flaccid, flaccid, very flaccid, incomprehensibly unimpressive government. HOW ARE THESE PEOPLE ALLOWED TO REPRODUCE!?

    Oh fuck it. Life's too short for this anger. YOLO.

    Your article means a lot to us. Thank you.

    Bok! Bok!

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