ADVOCATES URGE LIBS TO CROSS FLOOR TO VOTE MARRIAGE EQUALITY THROUGH
ADVOCATES REFUSE TO ACCEPT PLEBISCITE OR POSTAL VOTE AS WAY FORWARD
Equality advocates have urged Liberal marriage equality supporters to cross the floor and vote the reform through.
The call comes after the Liberal party room decided to stick to its policy of holding a plebiscite before allowing a free vote on the issue.
Long-time marriage equality advocate, Rodney Croome, said,
“It’s very disappointing that the Liberal Party has failed to do the right thing by the Australian people, but there is still a way forward.”
“We urge Liberals who support marriage equality to table marriage equality legislation and cross the floor to vote for it.”
“Today’s decision has let down the millions of Australians who support marriage equality and will only inspire us to push harder for this vital reform.”
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays national spokesperson, Shelley Argent, said,
“We will lobby the Senate to continue to oppose a plebiscite and we will move to have a postal vote struck down in the High Court.”
“We do not accept, and will never accept, the demeaning terms and conditions the Government has attached to marriage equality.”
Rainbow Families Victoria spokesperson, Felicity Marlowe, said,
“Our families should not be subjected to the hate and fear-mongering we know will be enabled by a plebiscite or postal vote.”
“A free vote in Parliament is the only legitimate way to deal with marriage equality.”
Just.equal spokesperson, Ivan Hinton-Teoh, said,
“The plebiscite is set to fail in the Senate and the postal vote may well fail in the High Court.”
“We urge sensible Liberals to short circuit this continuing national embarrassment and force a vote.”
PFLAG has received legal advice from leading QC, Ron Merkel, that a postal vote is unlikely to be constitutional without enabling legislation and a specific budgetary allocation.
Rodney Croome, justequal