EQUAL LOVE REJECT DUTTON’S POSTAL PLEBISCITE PROPOSAL ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY

RALLY TO DEMAND FREE VOTE FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY!

Equal Love joins other marriage equality activists in strongly opposing the proposal, supported by Peter Dutton and other members of the Liberal government for a postal plebiscite on marriage equality.

Equal Love convenor Ali Hogg:

"This is yet another mechanism dreamed up by the Liberal government to avoid a parliamentary vote. It must be rejected. It is the responsibility of the parliament to resolve this issue, and it is the responsibility of Malcolm Turnbull to allow a free vote so that marriage equality can be finally achieved. LGBTI people have waited long enough. The government's prevarication is an insult to those members of the community who are currently denied their human rights. Our message to Turnbull is: no more messing around, equality now."

Equal Love further rejects the contention by the government that they must adhere to their "promise" to carry out a plebiscite. Hogg again:

"The Liberal Party's policy was to hold a plebiscite. But they did not win decisively enough to be able to deliver on this policy. Those who hold the balance of power in the Senate have a mandate to push for a parliamentary vote, which is the usual way something like this should be resolved and was, after all, how the Howard government originally altered the Marriage Act. So the situation now is that the Liberals are effectively blocking the achievement of marriage equality, which is certainly not something they have a mandate for. It's obvious to everyone what needs to happen to resolve this situation: a parliamentary vote. And it needs to happen now."

Equal Love will hold a rally for marriage equality at 1 pm on Saturday 20 May at the State Library of Victoria. The rally will demand an immediate free vote in parliament for marriage equality. Speakers to be announced.