The only question before us is whether all Australians should have the right to marry the person they love. Nothing else can or will be changed by amending the Marriage Act to recognise marriage equality. Allowing marriage between two people of the same sex is about advancing fairness and equality. It is a step we’re ready for: two-thirds of Australians as well as a majority of MPs agree. Marriage equality will not change anything for the vast majority of Australians, but will make a profound difference to the status and dignity of some. Today 21 other countries today have marriage equality: including the UK, New Zealand, Ireland and the US and happily, in those places, the sky hasn’t fallen in. Marriage is still about two loving, consenting adults making a legally recognised commitment to each other. Marriage equality is about celebrating same-sex couples’ love and commitment and strengthening their families. Affirming their equality has brought joy, dignity, security and belonging to millions of people. Just like people in many other countries across the world, Australians are now more accepting of LGBTI people. If we have eliminated discrimination from our hearts, isn’t it time to eliminate it from our laws?