PLEASE SUPPORT MARRIAGE EQUALITY FOR GAY AND LESBIAN CITIZENS
  • Petitioned The Federal member for Brisbane, Teresa Gambaro MP

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The Federal member for Brisbane, Teresa Gambaro MP

PLEASE SUPPORT MARRIAGE EQUALITY FOR GAY AND LESBIAN CITIZENS

    1. Phil Browne
    2. Petition by

      Phil Browne

      Teneriffe, Australia

Like most Australians, if I am in a loving relationship then it is fundamental to me that I want to marry that person. I fully support the right of all gay and lesbian citizens to chose to marry the person they love.

Australia is a secular country and marriage is a civil right. The government should not be discriminating against any gay or lesbian citizen because they were born to love someone of the same sex. I want all Australians, regardless of sexual orientation, to be treated equally by our government.

I do not want special treatment or special rights for gays and lesbians, I just want gays and lesbians to have identical rights to all other Australians, including the right to marry the person they love.

Societies views on marriage have evolved. Previously, inter-racial marriages, inter-religious marriages, divorce, sex before marriage, multiple marriages, de-facto relationships (living in sin) – used to all be frowned upon. However, now these are all common-place and accepted in society.
Same sex marriage is just another step in this evolution of marriage, and is now supported by a clear majority of Australians.

Repeated polls since 2009 show between 62% – 68% of Australians support same sex marriage. http://www.australianmarriageequality.com/wp/who-supports-equality/a-majority-of-australians-support-marriage-equality/

Ms Gambaro in 2011 you surveyed your electorate and found 73% support for same sex marriage. http://teresagambaro.com/2011/07/same-sex-marraige-survey-results/

A Galaxy poll in November 2011 shows 80% of Australians believe the Coalition should have a conscience vote on a Bill to allow same-sex couples to marry. http://www.australianmarriageequality.com/wp/wpcontent/uploads/2011/12/Galaxy_Coalition_consciencevote.pdf

Gay and lesbian people are decent people - they should not have to wait any longer to be treated with dignity and respect by their own government.
The movement towards marriage equality is unstoppable and the time for change on marriage equality is NOW.

Teresa Gambaro, you are my local Federal MP and I urge you to support marriage equality both by pushing for reform within your party (including a conscience vote), and also when a Bill is introduced in Parliament.

I would like to hear from anyone living in the electorate of Brisbane who supports marriage equality - please send me a message on this website if you would like to get involved in the movement towards full equality.

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    • Matthew Marques AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      "Equality for everyone, except anyone different" is messed up and hurtful to so many people. I just want to be able to choose who I will marry, why does it matter what their gender is?

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    • Erin Grant BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      As a gay person I believe should be able to marry who I choose male or female. Love is love doesn't matter who it is <3

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    • Jessica Anderson BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      As a gay teenager, i can't wait to find the person I'll spend the rest of my life with, and as a catholic i would love to marry that person. Whether they are male or female shouldn't matter, love is love.

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    • Rebecca Green PADDINGTON, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Ms Gambaro,

      I am a serving officer of the Royal Australian Air Force Reserve, I am studying a PhD, I am a small business owner (sustainable design), I have represented Australia at World Championships in Taekwondo, winning bronze in 2007, and I still coach children to aspire to their dreams in that sport. I reckon I've had a fair crack at being a good citizen, at contributing to society and our values. Yet I'm not equal. Please stand up for my rights, it's supposed to be your role in our society.

      Giving me the right to marry my partner does not affect anyone other than those wishing to marry.

      If you do not feel I deserve equal human rights to my neighbours, then please move towards enforcing both parts of the oft-quoted sentence of the marriage act, that "Marriage means the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life".

      In other words, divorce should also be illegal. Or grant me and those like me the right to marry. Anything else is hypocrisy and a denial of human rights.

      Thank you very much for reading my claim,

      Rebecca Green

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    • Brent Davidson CLAYFIELD, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      It's a human rights issue, and in an electorate like Brisbane, Ms Gambaro should not be allowed to get away with pushing this issue under the carpet because it's inconvenient for her to deal with.

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