Voters who care about marriage equality have a new way to help them cast their ballot, with the launch of a new website that lets voters know which of their local candidates support – and oppose – same-sex marriage.
The Vote4Love website, launched by lobby group Australian Marriage Equality (AME) this morning, allows voters to search via their postcode and local electorate to see the positions of each of their local candidates on legalising same-sex marriage.
The site gives surprisingly specific advice, explicitly encouraging voters to support the Australian Greens in the Senate while noting that “the Greens won’t win a majority” in the House of Representatives.
“Australian Marriage Equality urge you to support the Greens in the Senate, as well as supporting pro-equality Labor and Liberal Senators in your state,” the site reads.
The site also highlights the importance of voting for pro-equality Liberal candidates, as “marriage equality can only pass” if the Liberals decide to allow a conscience vote in the party room after the election, a prospect Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has agreed to consider.
Additionally, the Vote4Love site provides help for voters in choosing how to vote in the Senate, detailing every party’s level of support, opposition, or allowance of a conscience vote, as well as the personal views of individual Senate candidates regardless of whether or not they are bound to vote one way or another.
The site also includes easy-to-access contact details to the offices of politicians deemed to be on the fence or susceptible to pressure, such as Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, Liberal Member for Brisbane Teresa Gambaro and Labor Batman candidate David Feeney.
Greens LGBTI spokeswoman Sarah Hanson-Young praised the website, saying it would help lead to a “genuine tri-partisan approach”.
“Every voter across the country can make their voice heard at this election too. By visiting vote4love.com.au people can see how their Senate and local candidates will vote when it comes to ending discrimination,” Hanson-Young said.
View the website at http://www.vote4love.com.au/