The idea of a traditional marriage is the true definition of marriage to a gay couple who reside in South Wales.
Ben Rogers and Mark Poidevin from Wollongong, who met on a gay site 15-years ago, have committed their lives to each other but feel they need not legally bind their union . According to them, they want to preserve the “traditional” definition of marriage between a man and a woman.
“If we make one exception for one community, that being the same-sex couples, where does it stop?” Mark Poidevin told ABC’s 7.30 program on Monday night.
Mr Poidevin, who is Catholic by faith, said if the Australia same-sex marriage vote goes ahead, it could be the country’s “Trump moment” where the result is unexpected.
“This could be the Brexit or Trump moment for Australia, where 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,” he said.
Mr Rogers on his part said he has made peace with never being married.
“There’s never been any discrimination with any of our families, or dramas coming our way because of our sexuality. When I first came out I think one of the consequences was giving up marriage and children and things like that.”
Mr Poidevin said he used to support same-sex marriage but his partner Rogers convinced him otherwise.
“I just explained to him, ‘I don’t think it’s my cup of tea,'” Mr Rogers said. “It’s not something I had ever envisioned.”
Several social media users have however blasted the couple for their belief.
“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’,” Mr Poidevin 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.”