First we had the ‘It Gets Better’ campaign where GLBT adults and their supporters recorded messages for GLBT youth letting them know that life as a GLBT person gets better in an effort to reduce GLBT youth suicide.
Now we have the ‘I Expect Better’ campaign which encourages people to record messages to their political representatives telling them that we expect better from them in bringing forth Marriage Equality. This campaign was started by Shelley Argent recording a message for the Australian PM Julia Gillard about how she as a parent of a gay son expects better from Gillard in supporting marriage equality which Gillard, so far, refuses to do.
As an Australian lesbian who is appalled by the lack of any formal recognition of same-sex partnerships in Australia, I applaud this effort by Shelley Argent to bring into the spotlight this issue. Already there are many videos from people throughout Australia and around the world calling on their political representatives to stand up for the rights of GLBT people and support Marriage Equality.
If you have the means and feel strongly about this issue, I encourage you to record your own video. If you don’t have the means, but support the cause, please join the I Expect Better Facebook page.
On a personal note, since I now live in Germany which allows same-sex marriage, I can get married here, but as it now stands, I will never be able to move back to Australia with my hypothetical wife and have our marriage legally recognised. In Australia, my wife and I’s marriage does not exist and she would not be able to apply for a spousal visa. Imagine what it would be like to have your own marriage totally invalidated by your own country’s government and your relationship treated like it means nothing. Now you know why we are pushing for Marriage Equality in those countries which refuse to recognise it. Please support us.