Opinion

Standing up for the equal right to choose who we love

Beth Young, sections coordinator at The Gladstone Observer.
Beth Young, sections coordinator at The Gladstone Observer. Brenda Strong

"SHUT your gob, Beth!"

That's what I wish the photographer yelled at me.

It was absolutely none of my business. But I asked anyway.

Leigh-Anne and Susan Noonan were explaining how they met and fell in love.

The spark they felt was a massive surprise to both of them. Neither had been in a same-sex relationship before.

And you know what I asked next?

I asked this normal, down-to-earth couple what the sex was like. Yep, really.

Luckily the Noonans are lovely. And patient.

"It was never awkward - different but not awkward," Susan replied.

She should have told me to jam it.

Whatever the Noonans do between the covers is their business.

It has absolutely nothing to do with anyone else.

Same goes for their relationship.

Susan and Leigh-Anne married at Niagara Falls, Canada last December.

Their daughter Ruby, 2, was at their wedding.

They couple would love to make their union official in Australia. And they should be able to.

"What affect does our marriage have on anyone in the world but us?" Susan asked.

She's dead right.

If you feel the same, be sure join in next Saturday's marriage equality rally.

I know I'll be there.

Topics:  beth young, gender equality, same-sex


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Coroner: Rachel Antonio died after "violent" fight

Rachel Antonio.

Coroner hands down findings at Bowen Courthouse

Snapper wins peer accolade

AMAZING SHOT: Alison Langevad, who lives in Airlie Beach, won a National Geographic competition for this shot.

Airlie Beach photographer wins National Geographic award

Migaloo headed north

WHITE WHALE: Migaloo (pictured off Byron Bay in 2009) appears to be making his way toward the Whitsundays.

Migaloo is reportedly on his way north.

Latest deals and offers

Artists show off creativity at convention

If you have an eye for art and a love for creativity, the Koala Convention in Cannonvale is the place to be.

Airlie triathlon experience gets bigger and better

ON THE WAY: Katy Duffield will be making the trek for the Airlie Beach Triathlon.

Airlie triathlon experience gets bigger and better.

Fun times at fab Cannonvale fete

YUMMY: Paul Skinner emcees the much-loved chocolate wheel spin at a previous Cannonvale State School Fete.

The annual Cannonvale fete is back.

Celebrating 80 years with Alice

IN LOVE: Alice and Ken Looke have been married for 53 years and on Saturday, Alice will celebrate her 80th birthday.

One special Whitsunday local is celebrating her 80th.

Fine fishing weekend but watch for whales

FINAL FISH: Bregje van Sinten landed this grassy sweetlip near Double Cone Island on her first fishing trip in the Whitsundays and in her last week in the region.

There is fine fishing predicted for this weekend in the Whitsundays.

Hayman Island kids learn about fighting crime

BOYS IN BLUE: Whitsunday Police Station officer in charge Senior Sergeant Nathan Blain, Sergeant Barry Haran and Detective Acting Sergeant Chris Caswell with the Hayman Island State School cohort on Monday. 
Photo contributed.

Hayman kids get crime fighting education for Whitsunday Police.

Talking whiskey with Jack Daniel’s master distiller

It all comes down to the distillery

SIXTY MILES AHEAD sign with Eclipse Records, prepare new album 'Insanity'

Sixty Miles Ahead sign with Eclipse. Photo Contributed

Sixty Miles Ahead to release new album on Eclipse

Thy Art Is Murder are killing it

See Thy Art is Murder on their killer tour happening right now. Photo Contributed

We talk with Thy Art is Murder about touring, babies, and new music

Date announced for Prince tribute concert

A Prince tribute concert will take place later this year

Matt Damon is taking a break from acting

Matt Damon is taking a break to spend time with his family

Police foiled terrifying 1m plot to kidnap Katie Price

Police foiled a £1 million plot to kidnap Katie Price and her family

Queensland's $1 town goes under the hammer today

The township of Yelarbon is up for sale.

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Chance to own an island

Keswick Island is for sale.

Keswick Island to go on the market