MEDIA RELEASE 14/10/2011


- Gillard to announce conscience vote on marriage rights

- Equality advocates reject proposal, demand policy change


- Gillard to announce conscience vote on marriage rights

- Equality advocates reject proposal, demand policy change


Star Observer has today revealed that PM Gillard intends to allow a conscience vote on marriage equality. Equal Love convenor Ali Hogg:

“Equal Love rejects a conscience vote. We demand policy change. We demand the ALP commit to full equal rights for same sex couples, not half measures.

This proposal is simply a way for Gillard to avoid being attacked at the national conference over her discriminatory stance, while still keeping the anti-equality bigots inside the party on side. In reality, a conscience vote will not be sufficient to repeal the homophobic marriage ban. Binding policy change is needed for that.

Policy in support of equal rights is the right thing to do, it is what the community expects, and it’s what most of ALP members and voters want to see.  

Equal Love urges all those inside the party to keep fighting for policy change, and encourages all supporters of equality to join the rally outside the ALP’s national conference this December. We need to send Gillard a clear message that we will not rest until discrimination is removed from the Marriage Act.”

ALP conference protest details: 12 noon, Saturday 4 December, Hyde Park, Sydney. Marching to the conference at Darling Harbour.

For more information, contact Ali Hogg 0403019430

 

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