Shelley Argent is the proud mother of two sons. One is gay, the other is not. One will be allowed, under Australian law, to eventually marry the person he loves, while his older brother still faces daily discrimination because of his sexuality.
Since James Argent came out in 1998, at 18-years-old, his mother has been his champion.
“It’s terrible, it’s absolutely awful, because as a family we love our children equally and we see them as equal,” Shelley, now the national spokesperson for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PLAG) Australia, told Mamamia.
"As a parent it doesn’t seem fair and it doesn’t seem right."
The 67-year-old has been a tireless campaigner for LGBTIQ rights for almost two decades. Last Tuesday, she spoke in the Senate inquiry into George Brandis' proposed changes to the marriage equality legislation.
Labor Senator Penny Wong talks same-sex marriage on I Don't Know How She Does it (post continues after snippet):
"As Australians, we bring our children into the world believing this is a free and equal society, but when one of our children comes out we learn quickly we are free but not all are equal," she said.
The amendments would alter the Marriage Act to include same sex couples, on one proviso: anyone who "conscientiously" objects to their union, from celebrants to shop owners could refuse them service.