Sigh. Not getting out of it that easily. So I carefully explained what the issue is about to both of them, keeping it as simple as I could. My daughter's response was 'why are they asking you?' - which is exactly what I think. It's none of my business and doesn't affect me in any way (yet!), so why should I be consulted? As a legal studies teacher I fully understand the process of constitutional reform (and the fact that this postal survey isn't binding, but that's another story!) - I just feel slightly holier than thou voting on someone else's ability to access basic rights.
Taking aside the religion and ethics from the issue and looking at it purely from a legal studies point of view, I am 100% an advocate for same sex marriage. Not having your significant other able to make decisions on your behalf if you're in an accident, sick or otherwise incapacitated would be terrifying. Imagine lying in a hospital bed, with the person who knows you best in the world beside you, and the administration has to call someone else who might not know you nearly as well to make decisions on your behalf. How frightening, and how insulting.
As a history teacher, I don't see the evolution of marriage to allow same sex couples to participate in the institution as any different to the strides we have made in allowing Catholics and Protestants to marry, or light and dark skinned people to marry. Those restrictions seem non-sensical to us in this day and age - and in 50 years, so too will this.
As an Australian citizen, I hope we stop this arguing and wasting of resources. I hope we stop opening up the door to hatred and instead shine a light on the beauty that is love. I REALLY hope we're not that backwards as to get this wrong with the rest of the world watching on.
I hope that yes wins, I hope that love wins, and I hope that equality wins. No matter which way you justify it.