Flynn backs the Yes side

20th November 2017 8:08 AM
REJOICING: Cadden Miller was relieved to hear the results of the Gay Marriage Survey on Wednesday. REJOICING: Cadden Miller was relieved to hear the results of the Gay Marriage Survey on Wednesday. Facebook

THE results of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey were released on Wednesday morning with the Yes campaign coming out on top.

Monto man Cadden Miller is rejoicing in the announcement of the results however he said it is met with some apprehension.

"It's a Yes so far, I was actually surprised really, leading up to the announcement it looked like it wasn't going to go through,” Mr Miller said.

"But people like Tony Abbott are continuing the No campaign and given it is a plebiscite not a referendum, it still has to go through parliament.”

Mr Miller said a good scenario would be that the Parliament would stick to their promise and pass it.

"That's the next hurdle, it's bittersweet in a way having the Yes result,” he said. "A lot of the MPs are saying it is complicated, people like Julia Bishop are pushing a Yes vote regardless of the votes but there is a still a lot of MPs that have the No agenda going on.

"It will be interesting to see what Ken O'Dowd would say, he says it is a complicated No campaign.”

Mr Miller said the fact that the survey happened is a massive step in itself.

"The fact they would spend $122 million on this Yes or No question obviously shows the weight of this issue,” he said.

"This survey actually opened up the discussion, we had 70 or 80-years-old having to open up and talk about it, ask what it is, how should we vote as a family.”

Growing up in the rural town of Monto, being gay was a topic that was never discussed and the fact that is has now opens many doors.

"It is a huge movement for us," Mr Miller said.

"Particularly in the rural areas where I am from, it is a topic that is always hidden away, we can never talk about the issue, we never get the air time.

"For my family, they knew they should vote Yes not for me but for the future generation, this legislation would be the next block to ending all the discrimination.

"It's as big as Aboriginals being allowed to vote.”

Mr Miller knew from a young age he was gay and it was clear to others as he suffered constant bullying and ridicule, particularly in schooling.

"For me as a young person, I always felt different, but because there was no conversations of what is was like to be a gay person," he said

”The first time I heard the word gay, it was always a derogatory thing, seen as calling someone fat, just a label.

"I didn't understand the context, I hadn't witnessed a gay person or what they did, to me gay was just like being a foreigner and I didn't understand how I was different.

"It wasn't until I was 11 or 12 and I started develop in puberty and I became more interested in guys.

"Coming out to my parents when i was 12 and they said 'I was too young to understand, just don't talk about it, shut it down'.

"In grade 11 or 12 I was sick of hiding who I was and the bullying got worse and it wasn't until I came out on Facebook it stopped.

"It was almost the biggest defence mechanism I could have had, calling me gay is like calling Australian an Australian, its not offensive any more, it has no power any more.”

The waiting game will begin again to see if the Parliament makes the legislation official. "Parliament has to do their part now, follow their mandate and honour the yes campaign now we have the results,” Mr Miller said.

RESULTS:

Australia: 61.6% voted Yes, 38.4% voted No. There was a participation rate of 79.5% with 12,691,234 votes.

Queensland: 60.7% voted Yes, 39.3 voted No. Total: 2,448,075 votes.

Flynn electorate: 51.5% voted Yes, 48.5% voted No. Total: 75,803 votes.