O.K Aussie MPs, t
he one’s who are sitting on the fence against marriage equality, let the Christmas spirit get into your souls! I’m not referring to the MPs who are bigoted homophobes, the majority of which use religion to spread fear and vision – I’m talking about the fence sitters who are afraid of what the electorate might think. Why don’t you think what inequality is doing to the lives of gays and lesbians and their families!
The Australian House of Representatives has 150 members and it takes at least 76 members to pass any reform. Many MPs are still not on record about how they would vote if legislation was to come before them. It is worth while noting that all heterosexual MPS have the right to marry!
The ‘Yes’ campaign Australian Marriage Equality (AME) today announced they had won the support of Queensland MP and Shadow Minister for Aging and Indigenous Affairs Shane Neumann.
AME believe there is already majority support for the reform in the Australian Senate so it would only take another five MPs to go public with their support to know that it is certain that Australia will join its international peers in legalizing same-sex marriage.
How the Public Feels
Over 70 percent of the Australian voting public support the legalization of same-sex marriage but the Australian Government plans to have them vote in a non-legally binding plebiscite on the issue that will cost taxpayers at least $160 million to delay the reform to placate its conservative opponents. This is ‘blood’ money. It is also a way for the conservative bigots to walk into church on Sundays and say, “Well I never voted for it, the people did!”
Thank You, Shayne Neumann
AME (Australian Marriage Equality) national director, Rodney Croome commented recently,
‘Across the nation MPs are listening to the personal stories of their constituents and realizing why marriage equality matters; ‘with Shayne Neumann’s support we are now only five votes short of a majority in parliament. A vote in parliament will be quicker and cheaper than a plebiscite and we hope to have the numbers to achieve marriage equality in 2016. This is important because, regardless of a plebiscite, only parliament can amend the Marriage Act.’
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he will only allow a plebiscite to take place after the next election if his government is returned to power.
The Labor and Greens parties now in Opposition say they will make it a priority to pass the reform if Turnbull’s Liberal-National Coalition loses power at the election.
paula’s comment: As far as I am concerned, there should never be a vote for a minority right that is enjoyed by the majority! The gay and lesbian community won marriage equality in Ireland, but it lost this fundamental right in Slovenia.