Yes, yes… we’re still voting yes.
But in a world where life comes at you fast, the news cycle has already moved on, hasn’t it? Since then we’ve had Nazis running people over in America and a new episode of Rick & Morty to watch.
Today we’re all laughing at Barnaby Joyce for being a Kiwi – and Photoshopping traditional facial tattoos onto photos of him and arguing that it isn’t disrespectful to Indigenous cultures because we’re rinsing Big B – so who has time for Marriage Equality any more?
Since the idiotic plebiscite thing was announced, it’s been one disappointment after another for the YES team:
- We realised a boycott wouldn’t look any different to people who CBF voting, since it isn’t compulsory
- We’ve been told putting glitter in the reply-paid envelopes could make our votes invalid
- We’ve learnt that 16- and 17-year-olds probably can’t actually vote in the survey like we thought (although maybe?), AND
- We’ve also learnt people who turn 18 during the period of the postal poll also won’t be able to vote.
(Of course, this assumes that everyone aged 16-18 will vote YES – but hey, we’re optimists.)
Man, staying politically engaged is hard. Not as hard as staying engaged when you’re in a gay relationship, but still pretty hard. How the hell did people fight for things before social media was there to keep everyone pumped up for a cause?
Anyway, make sure you’re enrolled to vote, have your correct address on the roll and if you’re too young to have your say, keep working on the adults around you (if you need up-to-date info on the whole fustercluck, Buzzfeed has you covered).
It’ll be totally worth it when you start getting invited to ridiculously sparkly gay weddings… and low-key tasteful ones, too, probably.