As Australia heads into an election, LGBT activists are calling in the new Prime Minister to promise a marriage equality vote. Gay Star News reports:
Marriage equality activists from around Australia have signed a statement calling on Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to make a firm election promise on the issue following the passage of legislation by the UK House of Lords… Activist Cat Rose signed the statement as National Queer Officer of Australia’s National Union of Students and said that the Australian Labor Party needed to make a clearer commitment on the issue before they could expect the support of the LGBT community.
Rallies are planned around the country:
Australia’s state Equal Love groups and New South Wales’ (NSW) Community Action Against Homophobia (CAAH) signed the statement as they prepare to rally for marriage equality before the election in state capitals including Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra. Other protests are planned for regional centers including Townsville, Newcastle and Manly.
It’s about time. Australia is slipping farther and farther behind on LGBT rights, and our LGBT brothers and sisters deserve full marriage recognition.