Stevivor and its writers are strong supporters of equality. As most of us are in Australia, the issue of the Australian Marriage Law postal vote is at the forefront of our minds. Hell, it’s at the forefront of those who contribute from overseas.
Now that surveys are being mailed out, it’s time to acknowledge the situation and do what we can. I won’t stand up on a soapbox for too long, I promise, but I will use this opportunity to implore our Australian readers to vote Yes (YES!) on their postal survey and return it to the Australian Bureau of Statistics as quickly as possible.
I’ve no doubt that as a reader of this site — full of homosexual and homosexual-friendly writers and as many gay games as our humble selves can cover — you believe that love is love. You most likely agree that this $122 million AUD, non-binding survey is a waste of time; that our government should not be asking its populace to weigh in upon of the rights of others. We all know that postal mail is archaic and most of us try to avoid the post office like the plague. Nonetheless, it’s incredibly important that you take the time to complete the survey and return it. It’ll be fun — you can tell your grandchildren that you had to resort to snail mail in 2017!
This issue mightn’t affect you directly, but trust me — it does to someone you know and love. It’s not about freedom of speech, freedom of religion, safe schools or any of the other nonsense that No campaigners are screaming from the rooftops. To put it into the simplest terms I can, this survey tells the Australian Government that my love for my partner Matt — that our marriage, recognised in Canada — is legitimate. That it has as much value and worth as one with two heterosexuals. That we should be afforded the same respect and rights that a heterosexual couple has.
Stevivor stands for Australian Marriage Equality, and we hope you do too. Let’s get this done so we can get back to talking about video games. There’s a Destiny 2 Raid out there that needs to be completed.
Steve Wright, Editor-in-Chief