By MITCH RODD

SAME-SEX marriage will become legal in Australia.

The much-needed change may not come about as a result of the upcoming plebiscite, but at some point in the future the right decision will be made.

For those who don’t believe in same-sex marriage, too bad. Change is inevitable because there are too many people who believe it is time to make this basic human right available for everyone.

Here’s a tip. If you don’t want to have anything to do with same sex-marriage, don’t marry a gay person. Otherwise, as far as I’m concerned, it’s none of your business.

Denying people a human right is not only toxic, it’s inhumane.

Also, citing religion as a reason to deny people’s happiness is deplorable.

I’m not an atheist, nor am I against people freely practicing religion. Everybody has the right to believe in what they want. But to believe people cannot marry just because it says so in any religious text is not a valid argument in my opinion.

There is no logical reason not to allow same-sex marriage. It is all based on perception.

Many of our politicians, and indeed a number of people in everyday life, only view this projected image through a distorted lens. They refuse to see the bigger picture.

Let’s look at this from another angle.

Imagine a hospital room where there are three newborn babies. One is as healthy as it can possibly be. One has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome. One comes from a low socio-economic family who have regularly relocated homes.

What is the difference in value of these young lives? If you said “Absolutely none,” you get a gold star.

Not one of these three lives is any more valuable than the other. Their value as humans is infinite. Any reason to believe otherwise is based purely on perception, not fact.

The exact same thing can be said about marriage. What makes a marriage between two people of the same gender any less valuable than that of man and woman?

The above answer is also correct in this instance.

Not one person is saying everyone has to throw a parade for anyone who ties the knot, same-sex or otherwise.

However, to legally deny people that opportunity just because you don’t like it is beyond disgraceful.

I have family members and good friends who are in same-sex relationships. And just because I am heterosexual, it doesn’t make me any more valuable than them.

I look forward to the day I can celebrate at their wedding.

For people out there planning to vote ‘no’ in the plebiscite, you are allowed to have your own belief system, and no one is forcing you to fly the Rainbow Flag.

Everyone, however, should at least give that flag the respect it deserves.