France has just become the 14th country where marriage equality is legal. The other 13 countries are New Zealand (as of last week), Uraguay, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Canada, South Africa, Argentina, Denmark, The Netherlands, and Iceland. The lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, voted 331 to 225 to adopt the bill, which allows gay marriage and adoptions by gay couples.

 

Equal Love convenor Ali Hogg:

 

 “Despite it being a controversial decision in France to allow marriage equality, I think it is a massive victory to be celebrated. The fact that the discriminatory law was changed is going to change the lives of many in France and bring hope to others fighting for equality around the world,.”


“We need to take encouragement from the 14 countries who now have marriage equality and continue to demand that our government take a stand and change the marriage act to no longer discriminate in Australia. Australia has to stop lagging behind on this issue and stop discriminating against LGBTI people and give us our much deserved equal rights!”

 

Equal Love will hold a rally on May 11 and plan to push the issue back on the agenda in the upcoming 2013 election and encourage all supporters of equality to join us on the streets to demand equal rights.

 

Equal Love believe we will not win marriage equality without a strong campaign and we encourage supporters of equality to bring their friends, family, school and workmates to attend the rally on May 11, because we need them to win. If we continue to take a stand, we send a message to the government that we are not going away until we have equal rights.

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