Meet the Australian Gay Couple Voting Against Same-Sex Marriage
Australians have the opportunity to voice their opinion in a nationwide survey regarding same-sex marriage. One couple is adamant that they’re against the institution of marriage for homosexuals. The plot twist: they’re gay.
Mark Poidevin and Ben Rogers have been together for 15 years after meeting on the now defunct matchmaking site Gay.com.
When Mark proposed to Ben five years ago, he got a no.
“I just explained to him. I said, ‘I don’t think it’s my cup of tea,’ you know. It’s not something that I’d ever envisioned,” Ben explains to ABC News. “When I first came out I think one of the consequences was giving up marriage and children and things like that.”
“If we make one exception for one community, that being the same-sex couples, where does it stop?” Mark said.
“Do we then see other cultures being allowed to have multiple marriages? Do we see the age of consent being lowered for another group of minorities? That is my concern, of where it would lead.”
The pair claim the left has attacked them since they’ve come out against the possibility of same-sex marriage coming to Australia.
“The campaign’s gotten nasty on both sides and I think the comments that I hear are, ‘You’re a homophobe if you don’t support gay marriage,’” Mark said.
“I’m a gay person here that’s coming out and saying, ‘Well, no it’s not. It’s your right to have a view, your right to have a view either way and people should be respected.’ You’re not intolerant if you don’t support a view.”
Polls right now are showing that many people are in favor of same-sex marriage, but the couple think that could just be smoke and mirrors like with Trump and Brexit.
“This could be the Brexit or Trump moment for Australia, where people: the polls are saying one thing but you go to the ballot box and people are clearly in another mind, going to vote another way.”
Even if same-sex marriage does come to Australia, the pair still won’t be tying the knot.
“If it’s yes, we’ll be like: OK, then, well, congratulations. Everyone can get married. But we personally will not be getting married. We’ll stand by our commitment to each other. You know, we don’t need marriage in our lives. Definitely not.”
One commenter responded to their interview: “Marriage isn’t for me either but I’m not voting yes for myself, I’m doing it for every other gay couple who wants to take that step in their relationship.”