Australian Marriage Equality launches new ‘We’re Waiting’ campaign
With only 25 more MPs needed to ensure marriage equality legislation passes in Parliament, Australian Marriage Equality (AME) has chosen Valentine’s Day to kick start its new campaign for equal love reform.
The ‘We’re Waiting’ campaign will give the fight for marriage equality a face – by showing MPs the everyday Aussies who are waiting for reform. The campaign aims to empower local communities in targeted electorates to help make this important reform happen.
On Valentine’s Day the 50-targeted MPs will receive a rose from people who are waiting. These include gay couples waiting to marry; straight couples who have put their weddings on hold until their gay friends can marry; parents waiting for their sons or daughters to be treated equally by the law; and the majority of Australians waiting for reform to happen.
Commenting on the We’re Waiting campaign, Australian Marriage Equality National Director, Rodney Croome, said, tens of thousands of same-sex couples are waiting for reform and 65 percent of Australians want marriage equality. "Our campaign, ‘We're Waiting’, will put a face to the millions of Australians waiting for reform in key electorates, and will empower these communities to do something about it,” Croome said.
"We have selected 50 MPs who we believe may be persuaded to support reform, and if we can persuade just half of them, marriage equality will pass. This starts from today with marriage equality supporters, gay and straight, visiting their MPs office for the first time to deliver roses, start the conversation about marriage equality, and ask them the question "what are you waiting for?”
Amongst Aussie’s waiting for reform before they will marry is Wallaby David Pocock, who is waiting to marry his partner Emma until the laws change. Pocock said, "It comes down to equal love. I don't think it's the government's role to tell people that their love is right or wrong.”
"I couldn't keep quiet while people I loved dearly were being penalised for their sexuality something they can do nothing about".
Former Greens MLC, Cate Faehrmann is another who is refusing to wed her longtime partner, until there is equality for all. Faehrmann and partner Paul Sheridan have pledged to wait for equal love legislation to pass before marrying.
"To us, marriage is totally unappealing until everyone we know, including many of our dearest friends, are able to have their love and commitment to each other validated under the law. So we'll wait until the majority of parliamentarians have the courage to legislate for marriage equality," said Faehrmann.
"We've been to many wonderful weddings here in Sydney together, but have also farewelled a few of our gay friends as they head overseas to marry. This is ridiculous and wrong, so we're waiting until we can be a part of something that everyone can be a part of," added Paul Sheridan.
How can you take action?
● Meet with undecided MPs about Marriage Equality
● Straight couples can pledge to wait to marry till reform happens
● If you are unable to wait to get married, have your celebrant express your support for reform
● Ask coalition MPs for a conscience vote
● Sign up to support marriage equality
● Educate yourself on the need for marriage equality
● Chip in to support the campaign
Watch the We’re Waiting video