Parents demand a free vote for marriage equality

Parents demand a free vote for marriage equality

LAST UPDATED // Tuesday, 21 February 2017 09:01 Written by // Cec Busby

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) have ramped up their efforts to call for a free vote on marriage equality, launching a new campaign targeting Coalition MPs  who are in support of the reform to call for a free vote.

PFLAG spokesperson, Shelley Argent, said giving lip service to the issue is not enough. MPs need to stop being gagged by party policies.

"It's not enough for Liberals and Nationals to support marriage equality when they can't vote for it."

The new ‘Make It Law’ campaign material features MPs with their mouths masked over, suggesting they are unable to have a voice in this important debate.

"They need to find their voice and speak out for a free vote on marriage equality,” Argent said.

"Our new campaign will encourage voters to email Liberals and Nationals who support marriage equality to demand a free vote so our sons and daughters can have the rights and responsibilities that come with marriage."


[image] An example of the campaign material.

Argent believes its time the Coalition stopped renewing talk of the plenbiscite and acts on the wishes of the majority of Australians to bring about a free vote in parliament in this term of government.

"The idea of a plebiscite was not supported by LGBTI community, the Australian public or the parliament so it's time for the Government to opt for what should have been their policy all along, a free vote in Parliament."
"It's time to end the procrastination and do what's right, not easiest."

25 Liberal and National MPs and senators will be targetted through specific ads. The Make It Law campaign also targets Labor members who have yet to support marriage equality.

Voters will be able to email their federal members through the following site:


Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and online editor of

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