What will your MP say when they rise to tell Parliament what you think about same-sex marriage?
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If they’re anything like Labor backbencher John Murphy, they may tell Parliament that you are “overwhelmingly against” equal marriage rights, and that any Government MP who thinks otherwise should leave the Labor party. At least, that’s what Mr. Murphy told the press yesterday.
In a couple of weeks, federal MPs will meet at a special session of Parliament to report on their constituents’ views of marriage equality.
Will they state that locals like you are against equal rights? Or will they report how they were flooded with messages of support, and recall the moving calls and meetings they had with local same-sex couples and their families, friends and supporters from every walk of life?
That’s up to us, and we have two weeks left. It takes just 90-seconds to place a phone call to their office – or to phone and request a meeting. Use our simple tool to find your MP’s phone number today:
Speaking to media yesterday, John Murphy MP, who will speak at the special session of Parliament, said that marriage equality has nothing to do with rights or equality.
But while our federal law sends out the message that it’s okay to discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender, and that same-sex partners are not capable of the level of love and commitment associated with marriage, the issue is entirely one of rights and equality. And while we allow out-of-touch MPs to front the media claiming the support of their electorate, those who oppose equality will win this fight.
That’s why we have to meet with MPs, face-to-face, and let them know we demand equality. If you’re in a same-sex relationship, if you’ve a friend or family member who is a gay or lesbian person, if you care about equality – now is the time to make your voice heard. It’s the most powerful thing we can do as constituents and it’s easy to do.
Click here to use our simple tool to find your MP’s phone number. Then give them a buzz and say you’d like to meet to find out where they stand on marriage equality, and to explain why it is important for the Marriage Act to be amended so same-sex couples can marry.
Once you have set a date, the meeting itself is easy. MPs are in their local electorate office over the next fortnight – and they’ve been specifically requested to consult with constituents about marriage equality. After all, representing you is their job!
Head to our page to find your MP’s contact details and information to help you through the meeting:
As you read this email, same-sex couples in
are for the first time celebrating their love through marriage.
In a steadfast and courageous campaign, ordinary Americans opened their hearts and compelled New York’s state MPs to accept gay and lesbian couples – and their love – as equal to others.
You can be part of this historic movement for change by taking the time to tell your MP that you demand an end to the disgraceful discrimination that actively excludes members of our community from demonstrating their love through marriage.
Tell them you want to live in a nation built on equality that celebrates the love shared between its citizens. Tell them that excluding gay and lesbian Australians from the institution of marriage fosters discrimination and deprives members of our community the same choices and benefits other Australians take for granted. Tell them that you look forward to hearing them report back on your views in Parliament next month.
Yours in hope for equality-
the GetUp team