New year’s resolutions are easy to make and even easier to break, but marriage equality advocates are asking the community to make one promise they won’t break.

Lobby group the Australian Marriage Equality (AME) is calling on members of the community to make a new year’s resolution to meet their local MP in 2011 to discuss why they believe gay and lesbian couples should have the right to marry.

AME national convener Alex Greenwich said 2011 would be a critical year from the issue and believes personal contact with MP’s will make a difference.

“Opponents of marriage equality are highly organised, well-resourced and determined. Not only do they seek to impose their religious ideas on everyone else, but they do not respect the religious freedom of those church celebrants who want to marry same-sex partners,” Greenwich said.

“If equality is to be achieved it’s time for couples, parents, siblings, friends and celebrants to make their views known to their local MPs”.

AME has set up a new web page which allows people from all over Australia to arrange a meeting with their local MP.

“In years to come we will all look back at 2011 as the year when Australia took a historic stand for equality,” Greenwich said.

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