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The seat of Watson, in which Lakemba is located, voted no to same-sex marriage at 69.9 per cent, going against the grain compared with the rest of Australia."From the beginning," she says, "we know it was husband and wife, boy and girl, it's very hard to change it. "It doesn't mean we can't be friends if we don't think they can marry.He wouldn't like her to wear a full burka or niqab, covering everything but the eyes."In Australia, I don't think it's a good idea," she says.Mr Gazal is rushed off his feet preparing for New Year's Eve parties, Christmas gatherings, family celebrations. She's more troubled by her demanding, middle-aged female customers. "It's not like in Bankstown where everything is a set price, even if it's on discount, they still bargain. Her family is from Egypt, which she didn't like when she visited.
"Our leaders taking the decision to support the No campaign, they've justified the attention it's getting. You can walk into a shop and find all these different things. We've got loyal customers, good people who know who we are.I knew a couple at the last place we lived, they were fine." Fahad Ali, founder of Muslims for Marriage Equality, believes the postal survey hasn't helped the already tarnished image of Islam."It's reflected really poorly on the Muslim community," he says."I've been wearing this for a long time, but no one tell me anything," she says. "We prefer Muslim to marry Muslim, so they don't have problems in the future," she says, giving the example of deciding whether to send children to church or the mosque."Everywhere is bad and good people." Her Pakistani neighbour wears a full veil, but "doesn't follow the rules", she says, neither praying three times a day nor fasting at Ramadan. "But if your kids say, I want to date this woman, there's nothing you can do." Like many in western Sydney, she voted no to marriage equality.