Could Australia Have Marriage Equality By Mardi Gras / Feb 28th?
Marriage Equality: It's only fair. LGBTI Aussies are doing our jobs across the country. Now it’s time for politicians to do theirs. Call for a parliamentary vote today at: www.equalitycampaign.org.au
That's the quick and simple message being pushed this month by Australian Marriage Equality with the hopes of finalizing same-sex marriage as an equal right by the end of month, possibly making the Mardi Gras celebration on February 28th extra joyous. If it were only that easy.
Labor party members are making a grand push to urge MPs that support marriage equality to gather and make a political move before the end of February. It is believed that Liberal party MPs are considering pushing for a free vote in parliament and they will be looking for Labor supporters.
Several sources say that two thirds of Austrlians support marriage equality, which should make any vote a positive one, and there are others that are becoming sick over the fight and just want it over with, which would also result in passing same-sex marriage and moving on.
Featuring national television commercials, billboards, and digital advertising, a new national campaign started yesterday pushing for a timely answer on marriage equality. It's designed to pressure the government to allow MPs a free vote on the issue of same-sex marriage.
Australian Marriage Equality’s national spokeswoman, Shirleene Robinson, said the campaign reminded MPs that Australia had made up its mind and the issue was not going away.
“Two-thirds of Australians as well as a majority of politicians want every Australian to be able to marry the person they love,” she said.
“Marriage equality will not change anything for the vast majority of Australians but will make a profound difference to the status and dignity of many.
Many believe that if MPs and senators were able to openly vote on marriage equality the subject would be over, with a resounding yes. Others are holding onto the promise made by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that the issue of marriage equality will be settled by a plebiscite and not a simple vote im parliament. Isn't it time to move on from promises that are holding back the nation?
In which Rosianna shares some tips for how to contact your representatives, whether that's a senator, MP, congressperson, a phone call, email, or even fax. Subscribe: http://youtube.com/user/MISSXROJAS?su...
This is not the first time there has been a widespread media push for Australian Marriage Equality. Back in November of 2011, this tear inspiring video was released stating "It's Time | Marriage Equality | GetUp! Australia"
So how do you get a hold of the right person to try and make a difference?
I found this informative video from Rosianna Halse Rojas shares some tips for how to contact your representatives, whether that's a senator, MP, congress person, and it it's by a phone call, email, or even fax. Rosianna tells us what to include in a correspondence and even places a real phone call to her representative while we watch.
For those from the US, UK, and Canada and are looking for helpful web pages, head over to her YouTube post on this topic. She also includes links for Australia on that page, but I've listed those below, since we are focusing on the land down under.
Will Mardi Gras be gayer than ever this year? Well of course it will be, but it would be nice if we could celebrate Marriage Equality for Australians, too.
AUSTRALIA (Thanks The Other!)
- Find out who your respective local, state and federal representatives are (this website is in its 18th year of existence, run by the social enterprise Our Community): https://www.ourcommunity.com.au/advoc...
- ENROL TO VOTE (once you turn 16, you can enrol, so as soon as you turn 18 you can vote:. Just because you are underage doesn't mean your voice isn't important): http://www.aec.gov.au
- Find information about recent debates in the senate and house of representatives, bills, committees and information on representatives (use the tabs at the top to look at different information). It's a non-partisan website run by volunteers: http://www.openaustralia.org.au
- How does Australian Government Work? http://www.peo.gov.au
- Refugee Council of Australia https://www.refugeecouncil.org.au
- Where your MP Stands on Marriage Equality [Australian Marriage Equality] http://www.australianmarriageequality...