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Marriage ‘will happen in 2012′
Marriage equality advocates are confident 2012 will see Australian law rewritten to recognise same-sex marriage.
Australian Marriage Equality national convener Alex Greenwich made the prediction based on the ‘unstoppable momentum for reform’ in 2
“It’s clear a majority of Australians support marriage equality, with this acceptance of reform being reflected in 2011’s campaign successes, including the federal Labor Party joining the Tasmanian and ACT Governments in formally endorsing marriage equality,” he said.
“The success of the marriage equality campaign in 2011 shows that in 2012 we will have a real chance to make history and deliver a reform that is supported across the nation.
“In the first three months of 2012 we will focus on securing a Coalition conscience vote and then achieving majority support in parliament.
“We will do this by sharing the powerful personal stories of couples and families that have already lead to so many people opening their hearts and minds to marriage equality.
“We will also provide MPs with irrefutable scientific evidence of the positive impact marriage equality will have in the form of psychological, sociological, and economic studies.”
Greenwich is also preparing to join three same-sex couple for dinner with Prim Minister Julia Gillard on February 21.
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The dinner, purchased by GetUp! for $31,000 in early 2011, will take place at the Lodge.
Greenwich said the dinner would be used to thank Gillard for allowing a real debate at the ALP National Conference and to share stories about why marriage was important to same-sex couples and their families and friends.
He said it would also be used to assure the Prime Minister that advocates understood the importance of churches being able to marry or not marry couples in accordance with their faiths.
“The Prime Minister like many Australians is continuing the conversation on marriage equality,” Greenwich told the Star Observer.
“We look forward to sharing with her the important meaning marriage has to us, our families and our communities.
“We also look forward to addressing any concerns she may have about the proposed legislation and give her the assurance that we share her concern and respect for the freedom of religion.”
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Greenwich said a world-renowned expert on the impact of marriage equality, US-based economics professor Lee Badgett, will come to Australia in February to present her research on the positive personal, social and financial impacts of marriage equality to federal and state politicians.
“We will widen our lobbying program so that federal MPs can hear from psychologists, clergy, civil celebrants and all those with a story to tell about the importance for marriage equality,” he said.
“We will also extend our program of marriage equality workshops to educate and empower advocates in key federal electorates.”
As well as the dinner and Badgett’s arrival in Australia, there are a number of other marriage equality events in the first quarter of the new year. these include the Equality Dinner fundraiser in Sydney on January 25; a marriage equality workshop in Wollongong on February 5; a benefit in Melbourne on February 11 for Rev Matt Glover who was sacked by the Baptist Church for supporting marriage equality.
Marriage Equality is also expected to feature heavily in the 2012 Midsumma and Mardi Gras Celebrations.
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