A network of almost 90 LGBTI organisations and leaders have again come together releasing a statement calling for parliament to block the plebiscite legislation.
Director of Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre and Australians for Equality (A4E) Co-Chair, Anna Brown said we want to see an end to the proposed plebiscite so that we can move forward towards a parliamentary process to achieve marriage equality in this term of parliament.
“This network of LGBTI leaders and organisations wishes to reinforce that the most efficient and effective way of achieving marriage equality is a vote in the parliament.
“This joint statement is about ensuring that a wide and diverse range of LGBTI groups across the nation have their voices heard by our parliamentarians,” Ms Brown said.
“The continuing campaign for marriage equality has galvanised the LGBTI and the wider Australian community. As we move forward it is great to see so many organisations from across the nation engaged and coming together for equality,” Australian Marriage Equality, Co-Chair, Alex Greenwich said.
“We want our elected representatives to come together to block the plebiscite and then find a way forward towards marriage equality.
“Marriage equality has majority support both in the public and in Parliament, therefore it is entirely reasonable to hope and ask for this reform to be delivered this term, as soon as possible,” Mr Greenwich concluded.
The full statement can be found here.
List of Signatories (as of 19/10/2016)
Rowena Allen, (Gender & Sexuality Commissioner, Dept of Premier & Cabinet, Victoria)
Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International
Dr Gávi Ansara
Asian Australian Rainbow Alliance (AAuRA)
Australian Catholics for Equality
Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council
Australian Lawyers for Human Rights LGBTI Rights Subcommittee
Australian Marriage Equality
Australian Transgender Support Association Queensland
Australians for Equality
Brave Network Melbourne
Brisbane Gay and Lesbian Business Network
Brisbane LGBTI Action Group
Carmen Rupe Memorial Trust
Connect for Life Tasmania
Johann De Joodt
Equal Marriage Rights Australia
Geelong Pride Games
Gender Diversity Alliance South Australia
Gender Help for Parents
Lesbians in the Shoalhaven Area
LGBTI Legal Service
LGBTI Rights Unit of the Human Rights Law Centre
Marriage Equality Gilmore
Dr. Ruth McNair
Metropolitan Community Church – Melbourne
Jane Elizabeth Moore
Muslims Against Homophobia
National LGBTI Health Alliance
New South Wales Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby
Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council
Pride in Diversity
Queer Muslims Sydney
Rosh Pinah: An Affirming Orthodox Jewish Network
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association
Sydney Gay Meditation Group
Transgender Equality Alliance
Victorian AIDS Council
Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby