Sunday, June 26, 2011

Go New York!

Just a quick note to share my joy at the passing of a legislative bill over the weekend legalising same-sex marriage in the state of New York... it's about time!

I hope everyone who worked hard and continues to work hard for the equality of rights for all people are celebrating this win. Hopefully this is only a step in the road that will lead us to a more loving and equal future, without the gross violation of simple human rights.

Source: Silent Owl
Congratulations to the couples who are now legally able to show their love.

Hopefully this will serve as a kick up the arse of the Australian government, who through their lack of human rights, manage to deprive thousands of people in a secular, first world, democratic nation of their access to equality. With countries like the Netherlands, Nepal, South Africa and Spain all leading the way for equal marriage, it is an embarrassment we still deny these simple rights. It is not acceptable.

Yet in my optimistic hopes, the world is a-changin' and as long as the Liberals stay out of office I don't think it will be long before the tide turns here as well. With nearly 60 percent of Australians surveyed saying they supported equal marriage rights and in a separate poll 64 percent of Labor voters supporting equal marriage, hopefully the Gillard office starts to take action.

To give us a triumph like that in New York, you can access numerous petitions online to show your support for same-sex marriage like this one here.

However, the best thing you can do is turn up to the Rally for Marriage Equality which is to be held in response to the ALP's conference which will discuss the issue in December. For more details on this rally visit the Facebook even page - Rally for Marriage Equality.

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