Last Shot At Marriage Equality Before The Election

Let’s give it one last shot: pic by Matt Ryall

UPDATE 19/06/2013 The petition, with 14,000 signatures, was presented to Parliament today. The motion comes up for debate tomorrow.

The Twin Cynics, Abbott & Gillard, have joined forces and blocked a vote on the Greens same sex marriage bill before this parliament rises at the end of the month.

But we have one last shot at getting some sort of progress on equal marriage before the election.

Green Senator Sarah Hanson Young has introduced a bill to recognise overseas same-sex marriages – but it won’t go anywhere unless Australian Marriage Equality can get thousands of signatures on this petition.

An overseas same-sex marriage used to be out of reach for most Aussies: it meant going to Europe or Canada. Now that it’s next door in New Zealand, it’s much more affordable.

Once Tony Abbott moves into the Lodge and, with the backing of his confessor and mentor, that towering moral authority Cardinal Pell, slams the door on marriage for the next six years, growing numbers of Aussie same-sex couples will hop across to tie the knot. Once equal marriage become law in the UK, dual nationals like me will no doubt take advantage of the opportunity to marry at British consulates and embassies, too.

If we don’t get this change through this parliament in the next few weeks, pretty soon there will be growing number of people who are married in the eyes of the world – and our nearest neighbours – but not in their own home country. A major injustice, and a major embarrassment.

I don’t know about you, but I’m never giving up until LGBTI are treated equally and fairly here at home, as full citizens of this country. Our relationships welcomed, respected and celebrated just like anyone else.

We need to demonstrate our determination by signing, and getting our friends, relatives, families, employers and employees to sign too. So please, sign this petition now, and urge everyone you know to do the same. There’s not much time left.

About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)