Australian Marriage Equality (AME) has issued an urgent call to supporters of marriage equality to contact delegates to this week’s ALP National Conference.

AME spokesperson Alex Greenwich said far-right Christian groups are conducting a concerted delegate lobbying campaign that may see marriage equality knocked off the Conference agenda.

Unless LGBT people and our families and supporters raise their voices now, opponents of equality may succeed in sidelining marriage equality at this week’s conference, Greenwich said.

We urge everyone to email or call conference delegates asking them to support marriage equality.

To help, AME has compiled the following list of conference delegates with their contacts, as well as key points to make.

In today’s Australian newspaper, Australian Christian Lobby spokesman Jim Wallace said minority lifestyles should be respected but cannot be expected to dictate society norms as this 2per cent or less of the population seems intent on doing.

His comments come as the ACL and other anti-gay groups like Salt Shakers mobilise their members to lobby against any debate about same-sex marriage at the ALP National Conference.

Five points you should make in your phone call or email:

1. I am one of the 60% of Australians who support same-sex marriage. Its 64% support when you look at just Labor voters (Galaxy poll, June 2009)
2. Discrimination in marriage is inconsistent with the ALP’s stated opposition to discrimination and its principle of not pandering to prejudice (ALP National Platform, 2009)
3. Marriage in Australia is a civil institution, not a religious one (fmr Family Court Chief Justice, Alastair Nicholson)
4. Civil unions are not an adequate substitute for same-sex marriage
5. For all these reasons, the ALP needs to take action regarding discrimination in Australias marriage laws. At a minimum the National Conference should debate marriage equality.

Anti-gay groups are very successful at mobilising large numbers of people at the last minute to thwart open and public discussion about equality issues like marriage. Supporters of marriage equality should make a phone call or send an email before 5pm on Wednesday 29 July.

Making a call is very easy. Simply tell the person who answers that you are calling to register your support for marriage equality with <person’s name>. Try to mention the five reasons above. The person may ask you for your contact details, which you can choose to give or not to give as you wish.

Sending an email is also easy. Either copy the individual email address below, or copy the email all list to send a copy of your email to all the identified ALP conference delegates at once. Copy the five points into yoÃ¥ur email and include a personal message about why you think it’s important for the ALP to debate equal marriage at its National Conference.

Email All List – copy this list of emails and send one to them all.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,

Contact Individually
Anna Bligh
07 3224 4500

Kevin Rudd Federal Labor Leader, Prime Minister
(02) 6277 7700

Julia Gillard Deputy Labor Leader, Deputy Prime Minister
(02) 6277 7320

Chris Evans Government Leader in the Senate
1300 655 388 (WA only)

Stephen Conroy Deputy Government Leader in the Senate
1300 131 546 (VIC only)

ACT Jon Stanhope Chief Minister

Kimberley Fischer

John Hargreaves

Kim Sattler

Nathan Rees NSW Premier

Paul Lynch

Robert McClelland
(02) 9585 9100

Greg McLean

Paul McLeay

Belinda Neal
(02) 4322 1922

Christine Robertson

Eric Roozendaal

Michelle Rowland

Ursula Stephens
1300 301 987 (NSW only)

Anthony Albanese
(02) 9564 3588

Mark Arbib
(02) 9251 3766

Chris Bowen
(02) 9726 4100

David Bradbury
(02) 4732 1801

Tony Burke
(02) 9553 3800

Linda Burney

Chris Christodoulou

Jason Clare
(02) 9790 2466

Sharon Claydon

Russ Collison

Paddy Crumlin

John Della Bosca

Greg Donnelly

Justine Elliot
(07) 5523 4371

John Faulkner
1300 301 752 (NSW only)

Amanda Fazio

Joel Fitzgibbon
(02) 4991 1022

Michael Forshaw
1300 301 781 (NSW only)

Noreen Hay

Kristina Keneally

Trish Crossin
1300 301 713 (NT only)

Anna Bligh QLD Premier

Bill Ludwig

Charis Mullen

Wayne Swan

Mike Rann Premier

Karen Atherton

Lyn Breuer

Mark Butler

John Camillo

Nick Champion

Kate Ellis

Don Farrell

David Bartlett Tas Premier
03 6233 3464

Kevin Bracken

Danielle Green
03 9432 9782

Catherine King
(03) 5338 8123

Jenny Macklin
(03) 9459 1411

Dave Noonan

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