Hayden Johnson

No complaints as same-sex couple plans to wed

KATE McCarroll and Julia Skorski are just like any other couple in love.

Their eyes light up when they look at each other, they care about one another and are even preparing their wedding for January 27, 2017.

The only difference is the two women won't be able to marry in Australia if the Federal Government fails to legalise same-sex marriage.

Kate, 32, and Julia, 30, are among hundreds of Fraser Coast residents who have expressed their outrage at Federal MPs Warren Truss and Keith Pitt, who both said they would vote against same-sex marriage this week.

Despite Mr Pitt and Mr Truss saying a majority of their constituents wanted them to stick to their guns on the controversial issue, Kate and Julia have rarely come across locals who have disagreed with their sexual orientation.

"I have lived here for nine and a half years and I have never had any backlash," Kate said.

"We find it brilliant here, we can walk down the street holding hands and kiss in public without any bad looks.

"I don't agree with the stigma of the older community being against marriage equality, a lot of the good looks we get in public are from older people."

Mr Truss told the Chronicle earlier this week he had conducted a survey in 2012 that received 4000 responses. In 2012, 62% of respondents were opposed, 29% were in favour and 9% were unsure.

"My position not to support same-sex marriage is not 'because' of these surveys..." Truss said in a letter to the Chronicle.

"It's hard not to take it personally," Kate said. "Especially when in your heart and mind you don't feel different to anyone else and you know your love is the same as anyone else's. We are all human, that should come before sexual orientation, colour of skin or race." The couple said they hoped for marriage equality to come to Australia this year, but thought it would take a different federal government to make that happen.

"Let's bring it on and get it done," Kate said.

"We already know what we want (for the wedding), it's going to be small, with friends and family.

"It's going to be down by the water."



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