Same-sex couples push for equality
SAME-SEX couples will push their case for marriage equality when they have dinner with Prime Minister Julia Gillard after lobby group GetUp paid $31,000 for the privilege at a recent charity auction.
No Northern Rivers same-sex couples are on the invitation list for the dinner, but according to Danielle Broadbent, of Nimbin, if they were they would be asking Ms Gillard “what happened to the progressive Julia?”.
Ms Broadbent would want to know why she and her partner, Jeanette Murphy, should not be allowed to marry if they wanted to and why same-sex couples should not also be enabled to “break out of the box” of traditional views, as the PM has done.
“What is traditional about an unmarried woman as prime minister?” Ms Broadbent asked.
“If everyone took the traditional view she wouldn't be where she is.”
Angela Pollard is spokeswoman for same-sex marriage lobby group Equal Love Lismore.
She said it was a basic human right that people who wanted to commit to each other had access to marriage.
Like Ms Broadbent, Ms Pollard would ask the PM what happened to the socially progressive Julia.
“Julia, I remember you from the early 1980s when you were more socially progressive and your attitude to gays and lesbians was much different.
"What happened to that Julia?” Ms Pollard asked.
“You need to recognise society is more progressive than the cautious policies of your government and you need to embrace a policy that recognises that gays and lesbians are the same as everyone else and should have the right to marry.”
Research conducted in 2009 for the Australian Marriage Equality group showed 60% of Australians supported same-sex marriage, and research released in May by Galaxy Research showed 75% of Australians thought it was inevitable the laws would change.
Despite Labor Party pressure to bend on the issue, the PM has consistently stated her belief that “marriage is between a man and a woman”.