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The vote in Federal Parliament against marriage equality shows not that the movement has failed but that it has not yet won the final battle. The fact that equal love is only on the agenda because of grass roots activism shows the way forward. Build the campaign. Make it stronger and bigger and louder.
We chanted on the rally that we want marriage equality now. Not the second class citizenship that is civil unions but full marriage equality. Speaker after speaker argued for it. Over to you to deliver, ACT Greens, not in some distant future but this week.
The ACT Greens have capitulated to ACT Labor and instead of introducing a marriage equality bill will support Labor’s civil unions Bill. This Bill accepts the discriminatory idea that marriage is between a man and a woman. There is no constitutional, legal or political impediment to the Greens introducing an equal marriage Bill now.
A National Day of Action across Australia for marriage equality is being held on Saturday 11th August, 2012. It is being organised by various grassroots community groups, such as Equal Love and Community Action Against Homophobia.
Obama isn’t being a “leader” on the issue of marriage equality, as some supporters claim, but a latecomer. His position only “evolved” to an open statement of sympathy after opinion polls showed it was a politically safe position among a large majority of the population outside of conservative Republicans.
That sea change in public sentiment was driven not by politicians, but because masses of LGBT people and their supporters spoke up and took action. Their position on what ought to be considered an elementary right hasn’t “evolved,” and they have good reason to be frustrated when supporters of the Democrats claim that Obama is making a “courageous” statement.
More than ever, we need to take to the streets in support of gay marriage rights. With three bills before Parliament and all indications pointing to a vote later this year, the time to mobilise is now. The government is relying on people to remain silent so they can continue the ban free of consequence or controversy. We must not let them get away with it.
There will be a National Day of Action for Marriage Equality on Saturday 12 May. This is our opportunity to take a stand, to join with thousands of others in demanding equal rights.