A gay Sydney man who was viciously attacked by a man hurling homophobic slurs has written about his frustration that his attacker is able to vote in the “degrading” same-sex marriage postal survey.
In an emotional post on Facebook that’s been shared more than 4,500 times, Josh Smith (pictured) recounted the “completely unprovoked” attack that occurred seven years ago.
“He did it simply because I’m gay and was walking down the street with another man,” he said.
“Not holding hands, not kissing or being ‘in your face’ about it.
“Just walking down the road in Newtown having a good time. It was completely unprovoked, I hadn’t even looked in his direction.”
Smith wrote that the attacker continued to hurl abuse as he was quickly arrested, but was released two hours later after being given a $550 fine.
“I, on the other hand, spent 6 months in and out of hospital because he had so badly shattered my jaw,” he wrote.
“I still consider myself lucky because if he had hit me that hard, just a little higher up, I’d be dead.”
Smith slammed the same-sex marriage postal survey as “a ridiculous charade” allowing those “who should’ve been kept silent to… spew all the hate they want, only to then hide behind ‘freedom of speech’.”
“His opinion on whether or not my community should have equal rights is considered just as valid as mine,” he said.
“He’s going to get this letter, just the same as me. He’s going to tick a box, just like me. And his vote will be counted, just like mine.
“I’m so angry that we all have to go through this. It’s degrading and dehumanising.”
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