In response to today’s parliamentary report-back by MPs on support in their electorates for same-sex equality, marriage equality advocates have reminded politicians that all recent polling has shown majority support for same-sex marriage.
Australian Marriage Equality (AME) spokesman Peter Furness congratulated those MPs who consulted in their electorates and those who responded to them.
“We are pleased many tens of thousands of Australians have contacted their MPs to express their support for equality, but clearly there are many who have yet to raise their voices and it remains our job to encourage them,” Furness said.
“It was particularly pleasing to see MPs comment on the quality and heart-felt nature of many of the letters they received from supporters of equality in their electorates.”
“Our focus now is on the ALP National Conference and ensuring the strong support for this issue among the ALP rank and file is reflected in a new party platform supporting equality.
31 of the 150 members of the House of Representatives spoke, with MPs known to be both supporters and opponents not among those participating.
Of those who did, some reported support for marriage equality in their electorates while others reported opposition.
A large group of Liberals who participated said they supported civil unions, as did some Labor opponents of same-sex marriage – while the Liberal Bruce Billson said he understood that civil unions didn’t sound very romantic and suggested “committed life partnerships” might be a better name.
Furness stressed that full equality was what same-sex couples deserved and that alternatives “entrench discrimination against same sex couples rather than removing it”.
AME welcomed the presentation of a petition singed by over 55,000 people who support marriage equality on the same day – dwarfing a 35,000 signature anti-same-sex marriage petition presented at last week’s Marriage Day event.
The petition was organised by progressive lobby group, GetUp!, who’s participation in the campaign in the lead up to MPs reporting back was attacked by a number of Liberal marriage equality foes.