At the moment, Australian LGBTQI couples do not have the freedom to express their love and commitment to one another through marriage.
All of us have a right to be free from discrimination. That includes discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation.
Two-thirds of Australians think that everybody should have equal access to express their love and commitment to their partner through marriage if they choose.
David, an Amnesty LGBTQI activist puts it beautifully:
“Last year I got engaged to my fiancé. The problem is that we cannot currently get married in Australia… Now is the time to make the push for equal marriage regardless of gender and orientation. We need to use the momentum and our voices as well as those of our allies to make this change happen.
“Whom someone chooses to love should only be a matter for the people involved. Extending marriage to anyone who may choose to partake in it, whilst also being respected under the law should be a right, not a privilege.”
Everyone should be treated equally under the law. Love is love. Simple as that.
The plebiscite is over. What now for marriage equality?
Now that the plebiscite is off the agenda, we have an opportunity to achieve this reform without treating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex Australians as though their right to equality is dependent on a majority vote.
Marriage Equality is well and truly on the agenda for 2017. With a Senate Committee looking into a draft amendment to the Marriage Act, we have a real shot at making it a reality
LGBTQI Australians have waited long enough to be treated as equals in this country. It’s time for the parliament to do its job and legislate to remove discrimination from the Marriage Act once and for all.
Amnesty has joined the Equality campaign and activists and supporters all around the country to fight for marriage equality. It’s possible if we put enough pressure on our politicians and all work together.
The Equality Campaign is a national campaign to win marriage for all Australians through a parliamentary vote. Marriage is about love and commitment and, in a country based on equal citizenship, it should be available to everyone. Check out the Equality campaign page for more information and lovely stories.
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