Update Friday July 20:
Well done with all your voting everyone! It looks like the question to the Prime Minister about marriage equality will be the first to get acked tomorrow. We’ll be watching!
Australians keen for marriage equality are glad a question about same-sex marriage is in the top three questions submitted for Prime Minister Julia Gillard to answer in a unique live chat on Google+ next weekend.
For the last few days, people have been given the chance to ask the PM all sorts of questions – political or otherwise – for her to answer at 11am on Saturday July 21, when she’ll appear in a live internet forum to answer the three most popular ones.
Earlier this year, US President Barack Obama appeared in a similar discussion live from the While House via Google+.
A question by Shane Bazzi is currently in the third spot, and we hope it stayed there. He enquires:
“Dear Prime Minister, as the first female, atheist, unmarried Prime Minister of Australia, and leader of a self-described socially progressive party, how do you explain your opposition to same-sex marriage and “deeply held” belief that same-sex couples should continue to be discriminated against by a piece of legislation (the Marriage Act)? Why are heterosexual relationships more valued than same-sex relationships?”
A similar question by Stacey Hocking is in fourth place:
“Prime Minister, as a young, heterosexual, Melbournian, Female Atheist, I was so proud when you were elected. I thought, finally a sensible woman in power! Sadly I have been disappointed. Especially with your lack of support for Marriage equality. Homosexual couples are recognised for centerlink purposes, so their payments are reduced if they declare this. Hardly seems fair does it? As an atheist, for me, marriage is about love and love only. Why is it not the same for you? Don’t you think It is embarrassing that Australia is still in the dark ages on this issue?”