Upon the Netherlands legalising same-sex marriage in 2001, it seemed the country might pave the way for the rest of the world to follow suit, and similarly advocate equality. With 23 countries now boasting the right, with a 24th, Taiwan, perhaps to follow after a recent constitutional court ruling, it seems an overarching goal for a wide array of countries may be to provide equal opportunities for all, and the first step in achieving this goal may be advancing the rights of same-sex couples. Yet, in Australia, marriage is solely available for heterosexual couples, although Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, amongst other politicians, seem to be striving to alter this. With an upcoming plebiscite ultimately contributing to this decision, as it seems to represent the will of the people, Australia may soon be part of the movement to enable all members of its population to have equal rights, ultimately showcasing the innovation society seems to consistently showcase.
The campaign in Australia seems to have attained ever-increasing levels of support, and with the most recent rally coinciding with the appearance of Turnbull, the movement may have gained both increased credibility and recognition levels. Considering the rally contained 20,000 members, and occurred in Sydney, the country’s most populous area, the campaign had already seemed to be utilising its large support base in order to become recognised, yet Turnbull’s speech solely served to elevate this further. As such, the movement seems to be showcasing the benefits of campaigning intelligently, as ensuring they gain coverage, whilst also utilising the correct tactics in order to cement their integrity, may ultimately pay dividends.
Turnbull’s involvement may therefore claim the plaudits, as his speech, which seemed to focus on the benefits of same-sex marriage, whilst simultaneously emphasising the significance behind heterosexual union, may have resonated with the vast majority of the public. As such, he may have attained the support of potential opposition, as well as the advocates, and in showcasing how extending rights to gay people advances their standard of living, he may have enabled dividends to be paid for the rest of society. Yet, whilst he may be at the forefront, other leaders have also voiced their support of the campaign, and with these influencers representing a smorgasbord of parties, who often have differing political views, it seems to highlight the unity showcased by a large array of advocates, who may be willing to bypass their political contrasts in their quest to implement change.
Whilst at face value this campaign’s overarching goal seems to be to attain the right for same-sex couples to marry, and therefore this may claim the focus, it may impact the country on a more global status. In drawing Australia level with other countries who already allow their citizens to possess the right, they may increase the country’s popularity, as creating a more tolerant society may lead to an influx of people striving to associate themselves with the nation. With enhancing the rights for all people perhaps increasingly pivotal, Australia’s actions may continue this quest, and with the country one of the most populated in the globe, it may hold high levels of influence, and may therefore inspire other countries to replicate their actions.
With the vote having recently commenced, it may be challenging to predict the outcome, yet with the ‘yes’ campaign having seemingly amassed a wide array of support from the public, politicians and from other countries, they seem to already be propelling the debate to the forefront of the public eye. In having the backing of Malcolm Turnbull, they also seem to possess a high-profile influencer boasting the necessary power to implement any changes and, if these innovations may lead to a more content and tolerant society, he may further highlight his leadership prowess. Yet, with the vote ultimately having contrasting rights to others, perhaps the system may also be required to be renovated to ensure these polls may become obligatory, and therefore the vote, whilst naturally focused on the rights of same-sex couples, may lead to a complete overhaul of the Australian system.
How may extending rights to same-sex couples lead to a higher standard of living for the entirety of society?