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Published on May 16, 2012

Recently there was a competition run by www.excellentmarriage.com.au (checked on 16/5/2012) with the following steps outlined

Step 1: Make a short video up to 60 seconds long explaining what you think makes an excellent marriage.
Step 2: Post your video on the Excellent Marriage Facebook page.
Step 3: Encourage as many people as you can to 'like' your video.
Step 4: Jim Collins from FamilyVoice Australia will award $500 during the Excellent Marriage event to the person whose video received the most likes.

And so, I decided to compete in this contest, because despite being gay, and knowing this group may not appreciate this fact, I entered because I believe in many of the same values as they seemed to, but just not quite all and nothing was there to really stop me, so I went ahead and entered. I truly believe in marriage and my sexuality didn't stop me believing in it.

I wanted to show them a gay man can want an Excellent Marriage just as much as them, and that we are more similar than we might think.

Very quickly the likes racked up, both from my own friends and spreading far and wide. There was even a guy from Denmark (not that Denmark is insignificant, but you wouldn't expect it! It was quite a full on piece of support.

However, late Sunday my video was removed from the contest because they claimed to have heard the video was dishonest based on things some people had told them. I was partially to blame for this as I had said things like 'avoid commenting as I don't want to suspect anything", mainly because I was worried I'd be disqualified because I was gay.

Eventually though, after many many people had protested this was terrible (some gay, straight, Christian or anything else) , and that I should be reinstated and I was and given an apology too!

Then the true race started, at this point many of the supporters of the event felt that I shouldn't win, and so they started really rallying behind the other main entry. It was actually quite exciting and stressful, but through all my friends and our combined social media skills (spamming, tagging, emailing, etc) we managed to pull through with more likes and win the contest.

I've been contacted about receiving the prize money but at this time have not yet received it, but I hope to at the event on Thursday the 17th.

In regards to the money that I've won. I felt it most appropriate to not keep any myself, so I split it between the non profit university society at my campus, QSoC South (which, disclaimer, I'm the president of) and to the first entrants David and Ruth, who mostly went ignored through all this, but their video had a very honest charm to it and everything they said in it I agree with. For reference, the opening lines of it were along the lines of

"What makes an excellent marriage: Being married to Ruth"

How can you not love that?

Sadly, it has been taken down, so I am unable to link it, but I sincerely hope I'll be have to send them the other half of the prize money. If not I'm unsure what I'll do.

While I've probably ruffled a few feathers through this, I hope all this will make it easier for at least one person to accept another one. That would make it a landslide victory worth more than any prize money anyone could be given.

This video will be updated on the 18th after the Excellent Marriage event.

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