So we’re at the start of a long campaign for a postal vote on marriage equality in Australia.
That gives us time to prepare for a little game we’ll call Parliamentary Marriage Equality Bingo. Just what excuses will the miscreants in the Liberal/National government come up with to explain why they’ll still vote against marriage equality (or perhaps even refuse to let the vote happen) when the results are in and those results are ‘yes’.
To get the ball rolling, I’ve come up with a few ideas.
How will parliamentary marriage equality bingo work? Well, take a list of all the members of the LNP government who have come out in any way against marriage equality, print them out and print out the canned reasons above. Stick the most likely reason against the name of the person most likely to use it, and if you get 5 in a row, feel free to shout “Bingo!”.
It may very well be that this is a crap time ahead for us as the ‘no’ campaign in particular ramps up their lies and hate, but remember, it’s also likely to be more than a bit of an “own goal” for the LNP:
- They’ve managed to get tens of thousands of people around the country who are least likely to vote for them in an election to jump onto the electoral roll
- Elements of the party are going to figuratively spend the next few months very publicly hacking each other to pieces over the campaign
- At the end, when there’s a ‘yes’ vote returned and they refuse to ratify it in parliament, they’ll lose significantly more credibility (assuming they have any left by then)
- And if somehow a ‘no’ vote is returned, they’ll have achieved nothing, because it won’t end the campaigning, it won’t end the calls for equality, and it won’t stop equality eventually happening.
(Remember, think good thoughts about the health of John Howard during this period. We want him to be alive and hale to see weddings between same-sex couples. That way he can appreciate even more what a spectacular failure he was.)