Tomorrow at 10am we will know the results of the marriage postal plebiscite.
I will be hunkered down with our Coalition for Marriage and ACL Team at a hotel in Sydney.
Having fought so hard for so long, we want to be together.
Most commentators are predicting a resounding Yes win. While the polls point to this, I live in hope and like so many of you, I pray.
We will just have to wait and see.
Good work has been done by Victorian Liberal Senator James Paterson to protect freedom of speech and religion, should Yes prevail.
While a Yes voter, Senator Paterson believes that redefining marriage should not trump other Australians’ freedom of speech and religion.
Yesterday he released a bill which provides for same-sex marriage in the event of a Yes vote but also protects basic freedoms.
Indeed, this is what the Yes campaign told the Australian public would be the result of a Yes victory.
But now that they look like winning, the Yes side are not interested in providing for free speech and freedom of religion, despite ridiculing our concerns during the campaign as “red herrings”.
ACL has warned of this for many years but now the brutality of their ‘winner takes all’ approach is laid bare for all to see.
The Yes side have backed a bill put forward by gay Liberal Senator Dean Smith.
This bill provides protections for paid clergy at a wedding ceremony and for some church-run businesses.
It provides no protection for any other Australian’s freedom of speech about marriage.
It would not prevent a repeat of the Porteous case, where an Archbishop in Tasmanian was taken to a tribunal simply for distributing teaching about marriage and the importance of children to wherever possible be allowed to know the love of their mother and father.
What has been disturbing is that the Prime Minister and senior Cabinet Ministers have said the Dean Smith Bill is a good start.
This just shows how far some in the Coalition have drifted from the values of freedom of speech and religion which have always been hallmarks of conservative politics.
I have always said that same-sex marriage and freedom of speech and religion are incompatible.
Senator Paterson believes they can coexist and has laid out a bill for this.
There are many people of good will who believed the Yes mantra of “no consequences”.
That Senator Paterson is now being demonised by the same-sex marriage lobby for trying to facilitate what they campaigned for proves my point.
This debate has never been about equality. Same-sex couples already have equality under the law.
It is about punishing those of us who will dare to dissent from their new orthodoxy.
If Yes wins tomorrow, Christians and other people of good-will will have to make some hard decisions about how they live their lives.
Will it be in silence and fear? Or will we be prepared to continue to speak the truth in love regardless of the consequences.
I had breakfast last Sunday with a friend who was visiting from Canada.
He told me most people there keep their views about marriage to themselves. It is just not safe to say out loud what one really believes.
I hope Australians never give in to this sort of pressure whether it is legal pressure or whether it is the soft coercion of culture.
Coalition for Marriage polling shows 90 per cent of Australians believe freedom of speech, freedom of religion and parental rights should always be protected.
That means even the majority of Yes voters, like Senator Paterson, think there should be no consequences for dissenting to same-sex marriage.
But if the Paterson Bill is watered down or rejected, this will no longer be the case in our nation.
Please pray for tomorrow. It is important that our nation is not divided by this issue.
But we may have to go through a process of working out what we truly believe.
Because of the misleading messages of the same-sex marriage lobby, this may not be resolved tomorrow.