of course we're voting yes
Young Australians explain why they're voting Yes in the postal plebiscite.
Left, Duc: "The current laws do not reflect Australia’s egalitarian values, nor do they reflect the contemporary world. Gay rights are human rights and that’s why I'm voting Yes.” Right, Emily: "It's a small but very important step forward for equal rights that is long overdue in this country. That's why I'm voting Yes."
Australia is in the midst of conducting a very expensive, completely non-binding postal survey to gauge how the country feels about equal marriage. That is, of course, something we already have a wealth of data on, courtesy of University of Melbourne, the ANU, and virtually every newspaper in the country. Unfortunately, it seems like we just couldn't pass up this 122 million-dollar opportunity. The plebiscite doesn't obligate MPs to vote in any particular direction on equal marriage, no matter the result it delivers. But it has already begun to ignite a vicious, ugly public debate on the rights of millions.
Photographer and video artist Duc Thihn Dong is voting yes, as are his nearest and dearest. He's asked them why this vote matters to them.Students, mothers, artists — their many answers boil down to much of the same: this is about human rights.
Priya Leigh Fotherby, student
We all deserve to experience love fully, equally, without shame and without compromise. Marriage equality is not a choice; it's a legal right. I am voting Yes.
Kurt Johnson, stylist
I got married to my husband in America earlier this year. As in... America, the country run by Donald Trump. Donald Trump let me get married and Malcolm Turnbull won't. Are we really worse than Trump's America? I'm voting Yes because my marriage isn't worth less than a straight marriage.
Tane Andrews, artist
I'm voting Yes because I believe in equality, togetherness and acceptance. As a society we have to move forward, it's time.
Hila Elan, mother
I'll be voting Yes because I believe the outcome of this issue reflects who we are as a society, who we are as humans. We should have more respect and tolerance for each other. By voting we protect democracy, we can be heard.
I'm voting Yes because I believe any person of any creed deserves the same fundamental rights as I do. It's nonsensical that the futures of many have been put into the hands of a few, so I'm using my privilege to do the right thing.
Johanna Bear, artist
We can't forget that real people suffer from discrimination everyday and in ways that are not always visible. I hope marriage equality will be the first step to more acceptance, recognition and rights. For too long Australia has been driven by fear instead of love and compassion. That's why I'm voting Yes.
Kitty Callaghan, artist
I'm voting yes for a plethora of reasons, but one thing that I've been thinking about lately are the kids I went to school with who waited until after high school to openly come out. Hopefully, one day soon this will be a thing of the past and someone's sexuality wont be a big deal, particularly in Catholic schools. I'm voting Yes because it's about so much more than just marriage.
Photography Duc Thinh Dong
Shot at Work Studios