VOTING YES: Jane Zerbst will be
VOTING YES: Jane Zerbst will be "gutted” if plebiscite returns a no vote. Julia Baker

Openly gay woman: 'How will me marrying affect you?'

JANE Zerbst can't find the words for how the same-sex marriage debate makes her feel but one thing's for sure: come November, if the plebiscite returns a no vote, she'll be devastated.

"I'm not going to lie, I'll be gutted, I'll be absolutely gutted and I'll be angry as well," Ms Zerbst said.

A Chinchilla resident and openly gay woman, Ms Zerbst stands firmly in the yes camp when it comes to same-sex marriage and is opposed to the Australian Government's plebiscite, which she said was "completely offensive" and little more than a Liberal Party farce to detract from Coalition in-fighting on an issue about equality.

"To start with it's not same-sex marriage, it's marriage equality because it's about equality," she said.

"If it's going to be equal, then it's just called marriage.

"I think the plebiscite is in place to remedy coalition in-fighting because they can't decide what they want and they're not aligned on their views of marriage equality."

Ms Zerbst believes a plebiscite will only serve to reinforce the Australian community's majority view on allowing legislating same sex marriage and that debate should have been solved in Parliament with a free vote.

She said she could not find any validity in the arguments of same-sex marriage naysayers.

"How will me marrying my partner affect you?" she said.

Ms Zerbst said for her, the legalisation of same-sex marriage would mean being afforded the same rights as heterosexual couples.

"As it stands, my partner has no power to make a call in a life or death situation. The legal side of things that go with it, if something was to happen to her there is nothing requiring that I would even be notified - you don't even exist. It would mean a lot in that sense," she said.

Maranoa MP David Littleproud said he supported a plebiscite on same sex marriage because it would mean a significant change to the social fabric of our community and said the great arbitrator of the debate are the "Australian people".

If the majority of the Maranoa electorate votes yes, however, Mr Littleproud said he will represent that view in parliament.

"I believe in a plebiscite because it will give greater validity to the outcome. The Australian people are the ultimate democratic body in this nation and they should determine whether this should take place," he said.

Mr Littleproud said he had no intention of campaigning for a no vote as the plebiscite is a "private decision for Australians to vote on".

"This is an opportunity now to finalise this and get a clear picture of where the Australian people want to go."

The Government's decision to put the same-sex marriage debate to the Australian people with a plebiscite, a non binding vote, is one Ms Zerbst said she finds "completely offensive".

"They haven't even given us the benefit of a compulsory vote, it's an optional thing. If you're going to spend that much money on it, then do it properly."

Mr Littleproud said while he'll be voting no, he understand both sides of the debate and said as a member of his electorate he respects Ms Zerbst's views.

"I respect her feelings on that as I do those constituents that come to me who feel quite fiercely about the institution (of marriage) they feel so passionately about. It's great you have a view from Jane but go and get a view from people who hold the institute of marriage in a different light and then let all voices be heard if we want to determine this," he said.

"I'll be listening to all the people I represent and their views."

When asked if the postal vote will discourage voter engagement and if the results will be truly representative, Mr Littleproud said it is an opportunity for the Australian people to express their opinion.

"I saw yesterday there is over 36,000 new enrolees to the electoral role, that's fantastic if people really want to get engaged in the nation's future, if this plebiscite has inspired that passion in people to get involved in the political process," he said.

"I would encourage everyone to get on and register, they should be a part of it and get on and make that determination."

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