U.S. MARRIAGE EQUALITY DECISION “BITTER SWEET” FOR AUSTRALIANS

ADVOCATES TO STEP UP CAMPAIGN

“The United States has fulfilled its promise of equality for all, and now it’s time for Australia to do the same.”

– Rodney Croome

,b>Australia’s Marriage Equality advocates say a US Supreme Court decision paving the way for marriage equality across the USA is bitter sweet and have promised to step up the campaign in Australia.

Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome, said,

“This is a bittersweet decision because many Australians will be inspired by the US Supreme Court decision but also deeply embarrassed that same-sex couples are now able to marry in places like Alabama and Mississippi but not in Australia.”

“The pressure on the Australia Government will now be immense both from the millions of Australians frustrated by inaction in Canberra and from the fact Australia is alone among developed, English-speaking countries in banning same-sex marriages.”

“The world will now stop asking ‘will the US adopt marriage equality’ and start asking ‘why hasn’t Australia’?”

“We will now step up our campaign with rallies, forums and meetings across dozens of electorates so that when parliament goes back in August the issue is at the top of the agenda.”

“Australia’s ban on same-sex marriages is now untenable and I’m hopeful the US decision will be enough to tip the Government into allowing a free vote and tip the numbers in parliament into a majority.”

“The United States has fulfilled its promise of equality for all, and now it’s time for Australia to do the same.”

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US SUPREME COURT DELIVERS MARRIAGE EQUALITY TO USA

Australia’s Marriage Equality advocates have welcomed the US Supreme Court decision that paves the way for marriage equality across the USA.

Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome, said,

“The US Supreme Court will provide even more momentum for marriage equality in Australia than the Irish referendum.”

“It confirms Australia’s place as the only developed English-speaking country that doesn’t allow same-sex couples to marry.”

“It opens us up to international ridicule for banning same-sex marriages while places like Alabama and Mississippi allow them.”

“It confirms marriage equality is guaranteed by the right to equality, a right that is both upheld in the US Constitution and held dear by millions of Australians.”

“The world will now stop asking ‘will the US adopt marriage equality’ and start asking ‘why hasn’t Australia’?”

“The combined pressure from all these sources may well be enough to tip the Government into allowing a free vote and tip the numbers in parliament into a majority.”

MAJOR U.S. RIGHTS GROUP LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN AUSTRALIA: “ALL EYES NOW ON AUSTRALIA” #LOVECANTWAIT

With marriage equality achieved across the United States, America’s largest marriage equality advocacy group, the Human Rights Campaign, has launched a campaign to focus world attention on the lack of marriage equality in Australia.

The Human Rights Campaign has joined with Australian Marriage Equality to raise the profile of the Australian marriage equality campaign, informing its supporters that “all eyes are now on Australia”.

Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome, said,

“We welcome the Human Rights Campaign’s support for the Australian campaign because it will muster support across the world and highlight how far Australia is falling behind.”

“Now marriage equality has been achieved in the US, all eyes will be on Australia with the hope we are next.”

The HRC has notified its millions of supporters of the fact that Australia is lagging behind the US and plans to work closely with Australian advocates over the coming weeks to help raise the global profile of the Australian marriage equality campaign.

For a copy of the HRC’s message to its members, click here. Find attached a copy of the HRC’s social media graphic symbolising its hope that Australia is next.

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