To celebrate international Human Rights Day the coalition of groups that campaigned successfully against a plebiscite has launched a new campaign aimed at achieving a Liberal free vote so marriage equality can pass.
The Make It Law campaign, initiated by PFLAG and supported by just.equal and Rainbow Families, will encourage those Liberal and National members who support marriage equality to #GetOnWithIt by pressing for a free vote.
It will also encourage those Labor members who are yet to support marriage equality to #GetOnWithIt by voting for the reform.
Spokesperson for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Shelley Argent, who initiated the campaign, said,
“We want to do all we can to encourage government members who support marriage equality to secure the free vote necessary to allow marriage equality to pass.”
“If government members can cross the floor on guns, why not on marriage equality?”
“It’s in the Government’s interest to get on with marriage equality so it isn’t hanging over its head come the next election.”
Just.equal and the Rainbow Families Council continue to back the Make It Law campaign.
Just.equal spokesperson, Ivan Hinton-Teoh, said,
“We only need a handful of members to stand up and be counted for marriage equality to pass.”
“We have already seen Liberals talking publicly about a free vote and our campaign is aimed at encouraging them to take that conversation to the Liberal Party room.”
“As the campaign develops over summer we will celebrate new champions for change on the Make It Law site and ask their colleagues to get on board.”
Make It Law made its first appearance in response to the proposed marriage equality plebiscite. Almost half a million emails against a plebiscite were sent to politicians through the website.
In the latest campaign, supporters of marriage equality will be asked to send emails through Make It Law “Plan B”, “Plan A” having been to block the plebiscite.
Supporters who live in electorates with Coalition members who support marriage equality will be asked to organise events and lobbying aimed at encouraging their local member to support a free vote.
Today is the 68th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was adopted in in 1948. It is commemorated around the world as Human Rights Day.
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Shelley Argent, PARENTS AND FRIENDS AND LESBIANS AND GAYS