*Drops Mic*
Ben Winsor

24 Aug 2016 - 3:22 PM  UPDATED 24 Aug 2016 - 4:51 PM

With 137 characters, 27-year old Rob Lindner summed up exactly what many LGBTQIA+ people are feeling about the government's planned same-sex marriage plebiscite.

It wasn't long before the tweet went viral, with 'Whiskey Houston' trending across Australia. 

"There will be no 'equality' with a plebiscite, even if a yes vote is returned," Lindner tweeted. "Because unlike heterosexuals, we have to ask for permission from every registered voter in Australia."

"Every same-sex wedding that will ever occur in Australia will be the result of strangers deciding whether or not they approve," he said. "We won't have the same freedom, because our right came from a public opinion poll."

"It is insulting and degrading," he tweeted.

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Lindner, who lives in Melbourne, has been with his boyfriend for nearly five years. He says they've talked about marriage, but haven't haven't settled on anything firm yet.

His tweet echoes the message from a 2009 Irish marriage equality ad titled Sinead's Hand.

In the video, a man walks across the country, asking permission from strangers to marry his partner Sinead.

“How would you feel if you had to ask four million people permission to get married? Lesbian and gay men are denied access to marriage in Ireland," a message reads.

Irish Marriage Equality Ad - Sinead's Hand

In follow up tweets, Lindner said he wasn't prepared for the flurry of online attention the viral message received. 

"Basically I had this long essay in my head but reduced it down to a few tweets because I don't have a blog and I'm too lazy to write," he tweeted.

The marriage equality plebiscite is set to take place in February next year.

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