Any plebiscite a pointless exercise that denies human rights

Responding to the news that the Coalition has decided to move forward with a second attempt at a plebiscite on marriage equality, Lizzi Price, LGBTQI NSW Network Convenor at Amnesty International, said:

“Allowing a person access to all of their human rights is not something that should be up for public vote. On top of this, any plebiscite would subject the LGBTQI community to a harmful public debate, which will have an impact on health and wellbeing. What’s more, politicians won’t even be bound to the outcome.

“Everyone should have equal access to express their love and commitment through marriage if they choose. After many months of politicians’ internal bickering on this issue, it’s disgusting that politicians aren’t just getting on with the job of removing discrimination from the Marriage Act.

“Amnesty International is calling on the Australian Government to scrap a plebiscite in any form and to allow a free vote in parliament.”