1000s sign petition calling for Abbott not to intervene in ACT marriage law
Marriage equality advocates are calling on Labor leadership contenders, Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese to commit to blocking any federal government attempt to overturn territory legislation, as community support for the ACT Marriage Bill increases.
At the time of writing, more than 11,000 people have signed a petition on change.org calling on the PM, Tony Abbott not to override the proposed reform.
Marriage equality advocates are now calling on both major parties to commit to protect the ACT's right as a Territory to legislate for same-sex marriage.
Australian Marriage Equality, deputy director, Ivan Hinton said: “The Territory Government’s right to deliver its mandate and enact laws for its citizens is at the core of this issue.
“Shorten and Albanese, both supporters of marriage reform, have the opportunity to stand up for the territory's rights and protect legislation that goes to Labor's core values of fairness and equality.
“This is an historic opportunity that will enable same-sex marriages to occur on Australian soil for the very first time”.
"We call on the Government and Federal Labor to publicly commit to protecting the democratic will of the citizens of the ACT".
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