Hey, Australian readers. Put down your boomerangs and kangaroo-ticklers for a moment, and pay attention to this important announcement from Julia Gillard, your Grand Vizier or whatever you call it.
In two Saturdays (July 21), Gillard will be participating in a Google Hangout, which is basically an online conference call that Google has begged someone to host. She’ll be taking questions from the public, so allow us to make a few suggestions:
- Most of your Labor Party colleagues support gay and lesbian couples’ freedom to marry, so why don’t you?
- Among Labor voters, 54% support marriage equality and only 28% are opposed. Among the general population, those rates are 50% in support to 33% opposed. Why aren’t you listening to the will of the people?
- You apparently told gay couples visiting your home that marriage equality is “inevitable.” Why would you stand in the way when LGBT-headed families need the protection of marriage right now?
- Research shows that when gay couples can marry, their health improves — a study in Massachusetts showed a 13% reduction in medical visits after marriage was legalized. And the Australian Psychological Society supports marriage equality on the grounds that it promotes mental wellbeing. Why would you withhold health benefits from gay couples?
- What’s your deal, anyway?