High profile allies of LGBTIQ Australians, including Peter Carey, Noeline Brown, Mike Carlton, Corinne Grant and Noni Hazlehurst, have joined the campaign to stop a marriage equality plebiscite.

Campaign group just.equal has released a declaration signed by of over 100 allies of LGBTIQ people, including 17 religious leaders, who have called on Parliament to block a plebiscite under all circumstances and allow a free vote instead.

Ivan Hinton-Teoh, spokesperson for just.equal, said,
 
“It’s great to see so many allies of LGBTIQ people getting behind the campaign to stop a marriage equality plebiscite and have a free vote instead.” 

“We could never have done this without the help of the allies of LGBTIQ people who want equal marriage achieved by an equal process, not a divisive, damaging and unnecessary public vote.”

“I know a majority of Senators have said they will vote against a plebiscite but the margin is very slim and we need to keep the pressure up until a plebiscite is finally knocked on the head.”

“The declaration and list of signatories will be sent to all Senators and MPs before the plebiscite vote next week.”

“We will also use the list to encourage more people to email their senators through the makeitlaw.com.au website.”

Three lists are included below: the first is of the most prominent signatories on the declaration, the second are religious leaders who have signed, and the third is a full list.

A full list can also be found here: http://makeitlaw.com.au/allies/

The declaration of allies complements a similar declaration signed by 200 Australian LGBTIQ leaders and released last month.

For more information contact Ivan Hinton-Teoh on 0419 124 826.


DECLARATION

“We are proud allies of our LGBTIQ friends, family members and fellow Australians. We support marriage equality but don’t want a plebiscite to get us there. We believe a plebiscite on marriage equality is unnecessary and will be costly and divisive. We are particularly concerned about the harm to vulnerable LGBTIQ people. We call on all federal politicians to vote against a plebiscite and for there to be a free vote on marriage equality instead.”


LIST OF PROMINENT ALLIES

Van Badham - Writer
Dr Philip Bliss OAM - Former President, Jewish Community Council of Victoria
Noeline Brown - Actor
Anna Bruno - My Kitchen Rules
Peter Carey AO - Writer
Mike Carlton - Writer
Sam Cavanagh - Executive Producer, Southern Cross Austereo
Cr Belinda Coates - Deputy Mayor, City of Ballarat Council
Andrew Dettmer - National President, Australian Manufacturing Workers Union
Catherine Deveny - Writer, Comedian, Author
Dr Meredith Doig - President, Rationalist Society of Australia
Philippa Finney - Member of the Exec of Prahran Labor
Verity Firth - Executive Director, Social Justice, UTS
Dr Caroline Fleay - Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University
Jed Goodfellow - Animal Welfare Lawyer
Corinne Grant - Comedian, Writer and Law Graduate
Noni Hazlehurst AM - Actor
Shelly Horton - Producer, Presenter
Ged Kearney - President, Australian Council of Trade Unions
Jenny Kee - Fashion Designer
John Lochowiak - Aboriginal Elder
Sam McLean - Former Director, GetUp!
Canon Leigh Mackay - St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, Melbourne
Prof Marion Maddox - Department of Politics, Macquarie University, Sydney
Mary Moody - Writer, Broadcaster
Rt Hon Clover Moore - Lord Mayor, City of Sydney
Rabbi Fred Morgan AM - Emeritus Rabbi, Temple Beth Israel
Kate Mulvany - Actor, Writer
Jan Owen AM - Youth Advocate
Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli - School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University
Fiona Patten - Victorian Legislative Council, Founder/Leader of Australian Sex Party
David Peake OAM
Nova Peris OAM - Former Australian Senator and Olympic Medallist


LIST OF CLERGY ALLIES

17 individuals

Dr Philip Bliss OAM, Former President, Jewish Community Council of Victoria
Roy Bradley, Anglican Priest (retired)
Pastor Brad Chilcott, Founder-Director, Welcome to Australia
Rev David Conolly
Rev Grant Edgcumbe, Vicar, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, East Melbourne
Rev Dr Jo Inkpin, Anglican Priest, Lecturer
Rev Penny Jones
Rabbi Rafael Kaiserblueth, Emanuel Synagogue
Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins OAM, Emanuel Synagogue
Canon Leigh Mackay, St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, Melbourne
Rev Dr Richard Mallaby
Rabbi Fred Morgan AM, Emeritus Rabbi, Temple Beth Israel
Rabbi Jacqueline Ninio, Emanuel Synagogue
Fr Stuart Soley, Parish Priest, St Mark’s Anglican Church, Fitzroy
Rev Dr Craig de Vos
Rev Fred Wandmaker
Rev Dennis Webster


COMPLETE LIST

Tally: 114 individuals / 5 organisations

Dr Helen Austin
Palliative Care Physician (retired)

Van Badham
Writer

Assoc Prof Suzanne Belton
Charles Darwin University, School of Health

Paula Benson
Ovarian Cancer Advocate

Cailin Blackwood
Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University

Dr Philip Bliss OAM
Former President, Jewish Community Council of Victoria

Mark Bloch
Director, Holdsworth House Medical Practice

Dr Bernadette Bradley
Ally Program, Curtin University

Roy Bradley
Anglican Priest (retired)

Jess Brooklyn
Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University

Noeline Brown
Actor

Anna Bruno
My Kitchen Rules

Peter Burke
Adelaide

Heather Calma
Social Justice and Human Rights Advocate

Prof Tom Calma AO
Social Justice and Human Rights Advocate

Peter Carey AO
Writer

Mike Carlton
Writer

Jo Cavanagh OAM

Sam Cavanagh
Executive Producer, Southern Cross Austereo

Lizzie Cater
Producer/Producer’s Assistant

Pastor Brad Chilcott
Founder-Director, Welcome to Australia

Cr Belinda Coates
Deputy Mayor, City of Ballarat Council

Rev David Conolly

Nicole Conner
Writer and Blogger

Dr Annette Corkhill
Writer and Member of PFLAG

Alistair Cowie
Higher Education

Neville Cowland
Architect

Carolyn Cross
Support Services, Curtin University

Prof Suzanne Crowe AM

Hayley Davis
Training Coordinator, Leadership Centre, Curtin University

Andrew Dettmer
National President, Australian Manufacturing Workers Union

Catherine Deveny
Writer, Comedian, Author

Laura Devereux
PR Coordinator, Electric Collective

Dr Meredith Doig
President, Rationalist Society of Australia

Liz Dore
Relationships and Private Stuff

Rev Grant Edgcumbe
Vicar, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, East Melbourne

Ben Eltham
Independent Journalist

Tiffany Farrington
Director, Social Diary

Carol Fink
Principal Executive Coach, Centre for Human Potential

Philippa Finney
Member of the Exec of Prahran Labor

Verity Firth
Executive Director, Social Justice, UTS

Nick Fisher
Ally Program, Curtin University

Kim Flintoff
Ally Program and LGBTIQ Advisory Group, Curtin University

Dr Caroline Fleay
Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University

Dr Tim Gilley JP

Jed Goodfellow
Animal Welfare Lawyer

Cr Tony Goodfellow
City of Ballarat Council

Corinne Grant
Comedian, Writer and Law Graduate

David Green
Director, David J Green Associates

Mitra Gusheh
Director, Shift Space

Adj Prof Robert Guthrie
Curtin University

Belinda Harris
Curtin Careers and Employment Centre, Curtin University

Noni Hazlehurst AM
Actor

Jane van den Herik
Human Resources, Curtin University

Shelly Horton
Presenter, Producer

Rev Dr Jo Inkpin
Anglican Priest, Lecturer

Rev Penny Jones

Rabbi Rafael Kaiserblueth
Emanuel Synagogue

Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins OAM
Emanuel Synagogue

Ged Kearney
President, Australian Council of Trade Unions

Jenny Kee
Fashion Designer

Rev Harry Kerr
Anglican Priest and Convenor, Pax Christi Victoria

Romy Konigseder
Talent Manager

Jim Laussen
Independent School Principal

Lui Lee
Curtin University

John Lochowiak
Aboriginal Elder

Dr Silvia Lozeva
Curtin University

Cr Angus McAlpine
City of Ballarat Council

Sam McLean
Former Director, GetUp!

Canon Leigh Mackay
St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, Melbourne

Prof Marion Maddox
Department of Politics, Macquarie University, Sydney

Rev Dr Richard Mallaby

Ashlyn Martin
Curtin University

Assoc Prof Barbara Masser
University of Queensland

Prof John Mills AO

Mary Moody
Broadcaster, Author

Rt Hon Clover Moore
Lord Mayor, City of Sydney

Rabbi Fred Morgan AM
Emeritus Rabbi, Temple Beth Israel

Kate Mulvany
Actor, Writer

Len Nielsen
Student Wellbeing Advisor, Curtin University

Rabbi Jacqueline Ninio
Emanuel Synagogue

Judith North
Architect

Jan Owen AM
Youth Advocate

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli
School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University

Fiona Patten
Victorian Legislative Council, Founder/Leader of Australian Sex Party

David Peake OAM

Nova Peris OAM
Former Australian Senator and Olympic Medallist

Rev Susan Pickering

Sam Pidgeon
Vice President, Queensland Teachers’ Union

Prof Kathryn Refshauge

Carmen Reilly
Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University

Prof Joellen Riley
Dean and Professor of Labour Law, University of Sydney

Natasha Ritz
Brand Communications Manager, LUSH

Liberty Sanger
Principal and Director, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

Alex Scott
Branch Secretary, Together

Ali Smyth
Director, Electric Collective

Fr Stuart Soley
Parish Priest, St Mark’s Anglican Church, Fitzroy

Andrew Stafford
Author/Journalist

Yumi Stynes
Presenter

Chrissie Swan
Writer, TV and Radio Personality

Henri Szeps OAM
Actor

Chrys Stevenson
Blogger, Writer and ActivistPaul Syvret

Michelle Telfer
Head of Department of Adolescent Medicine, Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne

Betty Verhelst
Faculty of Health Science, Curtin University

Rev Dr Craig de Vos
F
elicity Wade
National Co-Convenor, Labor Environment Action Network

Rev Fred Wandmaker

Dr Jane Wangmann
Legal Academic

Molly Warkentin
Makeup Artist

Christopher Wayne
Co-creator/Co Star, The Naked Magicians

Rev Dennis Webster

Zanita Whittington
Creative Director

Paul Yates
Curtin University

And the following organisations….

Australian Education Union
Ballarat Regional Trades & Labour Council
Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University
Queensland Teacher’s Union
Rationalist Society of Australia