Equal Love welcomes PM Rudd’s commitment to introducing marriage equality legislation within 100 days of a new Labor government, and calls on all politicians and federal election candidates commit to voting for the legislation. Equal Love furthermore demands Abbott also commit to holding a vote on marriage equality within 100 days of forming government should he win the election.

 

Equal Love convenor Ali Hogg:

 

“It was good to see the leaders of both major parties finally softening their positions on homophobic discrimination in the federal election debate. It is what the majority of Australians have been hoping to see for some time.

 

While Equal Love would have liked to see PM Rudd commit to passing marriage equality laws under a new Labor government by overturning the conscience vote policy and compelling MPs to vote in accordance with ALP policy, we nevertheless welcome the opportunity for a vote within 100 days.

 

Equal Love will be doing all we can to put pressure on every MP and federal election candidate to commit to supporting this basic civil right for LGBTI people. This starts this Saturday, when thousands are expected to hit the streets for a rally and mass illegal wedding ceremony for equal rights. Let’s hope that we can be enjoying legal weddings in the not-too-distant future!”

 

The rally on Saturday will mark nine years since the amendment of the Marriage Act by the Howard government to exclude LGBTI people, and will be followed by a mass illegal wedding outside the Registry Office.

 

Equal Love has vowed to continue organising protests for equal rights, regardless of the outcome of September’s election.

 

RALLY DETAILS: 1pm, Saturday 17 August, State Library

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