Doctors For Marriage Equality
  • Petitioned Australian Government

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Doctors For Marriage Equality

    1. Mandie Villis
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      Mandie Villis

      Mount Barker, Australia

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We believe in marriage equality. We believe that marriage is about love, not gender. We believe that homophobia and intolerance leads to increased depression, anxiety, self harm and suicide. We believe as doctors we have a responsibility to stand up for our patients' rights, regardless of sexual orientation.

We want Australia to make same sex marriage legal.

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**Yes, we know the formatting of the letter is messed up - it will be fixed!

REFERENCE LIST (please contact me if you have more to add!):

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Recent signatures



      Mandie Villis
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    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. For the sceptics - "are all of these people doctors?"

      Mandie Villis
      Petition Organizer

      Cross-checked on AHPRA the first 1245 signatures:
      755 are Australian doctors (55%)
      311 are medical students (23%)
      2 are psychologists
      4 are pharmacists
      6 are nurses
      1 is a chiropractor
      1 is a dental student
      1 is a dentist
      2 are nursing students

      The rest - other lovely supporters! If you didn't post "what" you are, and you're not searchable on AHPRA with the name you used (nickname/maiden name etc), let us know in the comments or e-mail me!

    4. First media article!

      Mandie Villis
      Petition Organizer

      Australian Doctor is the first one - hopefully we can get other journalists interested as well. Keep forwarding it to whoever may be interested! And great work - 263 now!

    5. Reached 250 signatures
    6. More than 100 signatures!

      Mandie Villis
      Petition Organizer

      Great work everyone - 122 signatures in 24 hours! Keep spreading the word!

    7. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Margaret de witte BONNY HILLS, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago


    • Marc Theilhaber CLAYTON, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      What counts is the affection and care within the family, not the number of people of any given sex.

      • over 2 years ago

      I am a father of 4 girls, who were born through surrogacy. My partner Tom and I have been together 14 yrs and were married in Canada. I think marriage is a blessing that should be shared with everybody equally. Marriage increases the stability of relationships and improves the happiness and mental health for families, with gay parents just as much as it does with any other. Having two dads in our family does not affect the quality of parenting, or the happiness of our children.

    • Victoria Atkinson BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Everyone should be able to.

      • over 2 years ago

      One of the reasons that I will continue to refuse to get married is that family and friends of mine are not allowed to be married. I refuse to seek recognition of my union with my woman by a department of the Commonwealth Government of Australia when they refuse to recognise the union of same sex marriages.


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