Same-sex marriage: snap a selfie with Kiama man's 'Vote Yes!' sign

Kiama resident Alan Waistell recently placed a home-made 'vote yes' sign out the front of his Hillview Circuit home. Picture: Robert Peet
Kiama resident Alan Waistell recently placed a home-made 'vote yes' sign out the front of his Hillview Circuit home. Picture: Robert Peet

A gay Kiama man has pledged his support of “equality for everything”, and is encouraging others to snap a selfie with his form of protest. 

The upcoming postal vote will ask Australians if they support same-sex marriage. 

Kiama resident Alan Waistell has placed a home-made ‘vote yes’ sign out the front of his Hillview Circuit home.

''I’ve got a couple of gay kids, and I’d like them to have that option if they ever wanted to be married.''

He’s also encouraging residents to take a selfie with the sign if they wish. 

Mr Waistell, 54, who came out as gay 14 years ago, put the ‘vote yes’ sign up over the weekend. 

“I’m gay, I have a couple of gay kids … It’s not so much about the marriage equality, it’s about equality in everyone.

“I just think everyone should be treated the same.

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“They decided to do the postal vote … I believe the government should be voting on it and it should be a free vote.

“When they decided to do that, I got frustrated and decided I was going to do something … My own little protest or showing support.”

Mr Waistell said he hoped it would encourage others to be “a bit more even-minded”.

“I was married, and that’s where I got my kids from,” he said. “I don’t want to be married again, that’s not an issue to me. But I’ve got a couple of gay kids, and I’d like them to have that option if they ever wanted to be married.

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“I just want to be treated the same as the next person. 

“There’s some other things that come with being married. Like if people die, they say you’ve got all the rights but you don’t always have the same rights when people die as a married couple (does).

“Marriage is one of the things, but I want just equality for everything. I want everyone to be treated the same … Just respect each other and treat each other the way you want to be treated.”

This November the country will vote on same-sex marriage. 

Due to work commitments during the day, Mr Waistell wasn’t able to confirm if many selfies had been taken with the sign.

“But when we were putting it up people were tooting the horn and stuff,” he said.

“It got heaps of ‘likes’ on Facebook, and haven’t really had any real negative comments put on there either.”