Last week Deputy Leader of the Australian Labor Party Tanya Plibersek sent a letter to all Coalition MPs asking for support of her party’s bill allowing same-sex marriage.
The list of federal LNP MPs and senators who have voiced their public support for marriage equality isn’t exactly long. In fact, it includes only six people.
2. Kelly O’Dwyer
This time last year the Federal Member for Higgins was taking the parliamentary floor to declare her support for marriage equality. In it she discussed her own family - which is split on the issue - and affirmed her commitment to the family institution, which she says “come in all shapes and sizes.”
6. Simon Birmingham
The Liberal Senator for South Australia was one of the first to break ranks, coming out (so to speak) in 2010 to support marriage equality. He said at the time that there is an “inevitability” to the recognition of same-sex relationships.
The GOOD NEWS is that there’s an easy way to find out where your MP stands, and to tell them what you think.
Simply head to the “Where Your MP Stands On Marriage Equality” site, type in your postcode, and your MP and their view on marriage equality will appear. Along with an email petition and your MP’s contact details.
Marriage equality is happening, slowly but surely, all around the world.
And what seems progressive now, will seem obvious later.
Remember that time we waited until 1965 before giving all Indigenous people the same voting rights as other Australians?