Same-sex marriage activist group Australian Marriage Equality (AME) has started leafleting 120,000 homes in an effort to influence voters at the next federal election.
The group is targeting federal transport minister Anthony Albanese’s seat of Grayndler and the Sydney seat of housing minister Tanya Plibersek.
But AME has halted plans to do the same to the seat of Melbourne after ALP candidate Cath Bowtell this week publicly expressed her support for same-sex marriage.
AME had suspended leafleting Tanya Plibersek’s Sydney seat as a sign of good faith to new Prime Minister Julia Gillard, but decided to reactivate the campaign after she expressed opposition to marriage equality.
AME’s Alex Greenwich told Southern Star Gillard had refused offers to meet.
“After the clear message she’s sent us, we had to take action again,” Greenwich said.
Albanese said he was proud of his record of support on same-sex issues.
“People will make up their own mind about whether reform is advanced by targeting progressives in Labor while ignoring the threat that Tony Abbott represents,” Albanese said.
“I’m proud of my record in advancing the cause of equality regardless of sexuality.”
Greenwich said his group was targeting these seats as there was a realistic chance of the ALP losing to the pro-same-sex marriage Greens — AME has not ruled out leafleting Gillard’s Melbourne seat of Lalor.
The new fliers also mention Tony Abbott’s opposition to same-sex marriage.