… SHOWS AUSTRALIA THAT MARRIAGE EQUALITY IS A UNIFYING MOMENT FOR THE NATION

• MALTA: 66 votes to 1 reminds us that marriage equality can be a unifying moment for a nation.

• 66% of voters in Coalition seats believe its important that the Government resolve the issue of same-sex marriage by a vote in the parliament this year with almost 20% saying this is very important (2017 ReachTel Poll across 12 Coalition Seats)

• 25 nations have now passed marriage equality

The Equality Campaign today congratulated the Government of Malta for delivering marriage equality, ensuring every gay and lesbian citizen is afforded the same dignity and respect.

“Malta has demonstrated that this issue does not need to be lost in politics but can instead be a moment of national unity and celebration,” said Tiernan Brady, Executive Director, The Equality Campaign.

“Equal status for our gay and lesbian friends, family members, colleagues and neighbours should not be a political football. Marriage equality can and should rise above party politics, not be held hostage by it. This is simply about people wanting to get on with their lives with equal dignity and respect,” he added.

“Parliament can deliver this fair reform and no one will be less married or more gay. It will be a unifying moment that ensures everyone is valued as an equal while allowing our nation to move forward,” Tiernan Brady said.

Co-Chair of Australian Marriage Equality, Alex Greenwich said “The majority of the nation backs this straightforward reform and the Senate Inquiry delivered a pathway that was fair for every Australian whilst having no impact on the religious celebration of marriage.

“It is important that we continue to remind our politicians this is simply about civil marriage equality and the majority of the nation backs it.

“Poll after poll consistently says the Australian people back marriage equality because they believe every Australian is equal and deserves a fair go,” he added.

A March 2017 ReachTel Poll across 12 Coalition Seats revealed 66% of voters believe its important that the Government resolve the issue of same-sex marriage by a vote in the parliament this year with almost 20% saying this is very important.

“It is time that the Australian Government ensured every Australian is treated with the same dignity. Malta shows our parliament that it can deliver a straightforward reform that makes a nation a fairer and more inclusive place to live.

“Our MPs and Senators can have no doubt how happy they will make people when they deliver marriage equality. The smiles from Malta to New Zealand, prove they have nothing to lose by treating all citizens equally and fairly,” Alex Greenwich concluded.
Clint McGilvray