'We Will' marriage equality video puts issue back on the table for 2016
My cousin and her partner are expecting. She has only posted one or two baby bump photos on Facebook so far but she looks stunning.
One is of her standing in front of the mirror in the new baby room, the spinning mobile hovering above the cot in the background. Another shows her with her partner on the beach, both wrapped in a towel, each with one hand on the growing belly.
My cousin and her partner aren't married, but that's not because they don't want to be. It's because, as a same-sex couple in Australia, legally they're not able to marry.
Despite their many years together, despite being engaged to each other and having bought a house together and now getting ready to raise a child together, they can't legally be recognised by law as being married.
That right to marry would mean greater legal security, as well as greater legal protection for their children. It also means they have the right to formally recognise and celebrate their love.
While some progress has been made in the area of same-sex couple rights in Australia (for example, Victoria recently passed a law allowing them to adopt children) the topic of marriage equality has been put back on the table for 2016, and it is partly thanks to filmmakers like Laura Nagy, Nicholas Lever and their friends.
"Myself and a team of friends have been disappointed with the slow progress on marriage equality in Australia," the film's editor, Lever, told Same Same. "So we did the only thing we really knew how to do — we made a very lovely short film called 'We Will' that normalises relationships between same-sex couples."
Not only does the film normalise same-sex relationships, it also humanises their stories. They're just two women who fall in love after catching up in a café over a few awkward cups of coffee.
They have picnics, they hold hands in parks, they fight in public, they kiss and make up, they love each other and they want to get married and have a big blowout party just like anyone else might.
According to a study conducted by the University of Queensland, 54 percent of Australian same-sex couples would marry if they had the choice, while 80 percent of them support marriage equality even if they don't want to get married themselves.
The same goes for heterosexual Australians. According to Australian Marriage Equality, a national organisation that campaigns for equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, 72 percent of all Australians believe that same-sex couples have the right to marry.
After watching the video I hope you will too — if you don't already, of course. Watch it, share it and spread the word, because I want to see my cousin and her fiancée walk down the aisle with their child one day, too.