Manly voters tell PM it’s time for Marriage equality
Warringah locals descended upon the Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s electorate office in Manly today calling for the PM to grant a conscience vote on marriage equality.
Local residents including same-sex couples and GetUp’s national director Sam McLean staged a mock proposal, delivering a box with a giant engagement ring, balloons and champagne to the PM’s office alongside a giant banner asking for marriage equality.
Inside the box was a petition with over 17,000 signatures asking the PM to consider a conscience vote.
Same-sex couple Justin Gibbons and Daniel Moller, who vote in the PM’s seat of Warringah, have been together for two years and hope to one day get married.
“We could move to the United Kingdom, Canada, 19 states in the USA, or even fly a few hours over to New Zealand and get married right now,” said Daniel Moller.
“But we’re Aussies and we want to stay here, it’s annoying our government’s so far behind the rest of the world on this. We’ve been together a couple of years - all we’re asking for is the basic freedom other Australians have, the freedom to make it official, Moller said.
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Despite the PM being absent from his electorate office at the time of the protest, marriage equality advocates said the mobilisation of local residents showed the prime minister was out of touch with his electorate when it came to the issue of same-sex marriage.
“There’s nothing more awkward than saying ‘no’ to a public marriage proposal,” said GetUp’s national director Sam Mclean. “After rumours leaked from within the party room that Mr Abbott was considering a conscience vote, more than 17,000 GetUp members leapt into action to encourage the Prime Minister to follow through.
“The stars could finally be aligning for marriage equality.”
A recent poll conducted for Australian Marriage Equality (AME) by the Liberal party’s own pollsters, Crosby-Textor, showed public support for marriage equality is at an all-time high of 72%.
The poll also revealed 77% of people support a Liberal Party conscience vote on the issue, with 80 per cent of swing voters saying marriage equality was an important issue .