Not “they,” not “other,” but “us”
Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan has praised the commitment of young people in the electorate in a speech supporting marriage equality.
During the speech to Parliament on the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017, Ms McGowan praised young people in Indi for getting organised and lobbying for marriage reform.
“I hope that you take great courage in what you have done and you apply that energy and enthusiasm equally to climate change, to our environment and to making sure that this country becomes and reaches its potential to be fair and equitable to everybody,” Ms McGowan said.
Ms McGowan acknowledged the many conversations that took place across the electorate during and after the marriage equality postal survey.
“This discussion has been important for me in listening and understanding. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to go to churches and elder groups in my community to listen to their ideas,” Ms McGowan said.
“I will work with everyone in our community to create love, understanding and tolerance.
“I'm looking forward to … when all the LGBTIQ community know that they are accepted welcomed into our community not as ‘they’, not as ‘other’, but as ‘us’.”