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Aussies react to Californiamarriage victory

“If it is good enough for California, it is good enough for Australia!” say our nation’s loudest marriage equality advocates this week.

Many of Australia’s LGBT lobby groups have warmly welcomed yesterday’s Federal Court decision that the ban on same-sex marriage in California should be overturned.

“We send our congratulations to our brothers and sisters in California who have won this battle for equal marriage rights,” says the Equal Love convener Ali Hogg in Melbourne.

“Let this be a reminder to Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott that their views on same sex marriage are outdated and that the laws need to be overturned here in Australia.”

Australian Marriage Equality National Convener Alex Greenwich agrees, saying that Australia’s major political party leaders are “living in the past.”

“The Californian decision, coming on top of marriage equality in Argentina and Portugal, and imminent debate on the issue in Chile, Uruguay and Nepal shows how the tide is changing towards support for marriage equality,” he says.

“As a marriage equality advocate I am celebrating the global movement towards equality for same-sex couples, but as an Australian I am deeply embarrassed our country is lagging further and further behind”.

The California decision comes at the same time as Tony Abbott justified his opposition to same-sex marriage on the basis he is “old fashioned” and Julia Gillard made it “crystal clear” she does not support full equality for gay and lesbian Australians.

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dalenapier

dalenapier said on the 6th Aug, 2010

Even more reason why we all need to attend rallys and action days if we are to get the message across.

A letter or two to a politician might seem insignificant but it's something easy for you to do too.

denimscarfe

denimscarfe said on the 6th Aug, 2010

Australia is too backwards. We are forced to vote for either Tony Fuckstick or Julia Gayhater. more power to the greens will see a tide change.

Breko

Breko said on the 6th Aug, 2010

Vote Greens or Australian Sex Party, or just write a nice poem on your ballot.

crazzymikey

crazzymikey said on the 6th Aug, 2010

the GBLT community in california have been far more united ont his issue and came out in large numbers to protest. We need to follow their example here in Oz.

datkindagal

datkindagal said on the 6th Aug, 2010

they're at the top of my list, 2 party system my ass.

rosyrock

rosyrock said on the 6th Aug, 2010

I loved this point in the Prop.8 facts list- 13. "Permitting same-sex couples to marry will not affect the number of opposite-sex couples who marry, divorce, cohabit, have children outside of marriage or otherwise affect the
stability of opposite-sex marriages." Here's a link: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2010/08/prop-8-overturned-the-facts-not-the-law-matter/60957/

badamj2000

badamj2000 said on the 6th Aug, 2010

I loved this point in the Prop.8 facts list- 13. "Permitting same-sex couples to marry will not affect the number of opposite-sex couples who marry, divorce, cohabit, have children outside of marriage or otherwise affect the
stability of opposite-sex marriages." Here's a link: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2010/08/prop-8-overturned-the-facts-not-the-law-matter/60957/
OMG, thats quite non-threatening and quite reasonable. I'd vote for that.

eurolad

eurolad said on the 6th Aug, 2010



I am glad you are starting to see sense dear ;)

rudeboy86

rudeboy86 said on the 6th Aug, 2010



California also has access to the movie industry/Hollywood and more better known celebs.

Didn't they make a production called Prop 8: The Musical with Jack Black as one of the characters?

The American style of campaigning is different as well as the fact that they have MORE people in their country to make a mass campaign feasible.

coast_boy_21

coast_boy_21 said on the 6th Aug, 2010

When Howard banned gay marriage we should have done more to stop him. Most GLBT people just let it happen (including myself). If we had of kicked up a huge fuss we could have prevented it, just like how people prevented the emissions trading scheme from going into law.

datkindagal

datkindagal said on the 6th Aug, 2010

well you know what "they" say about striking while the iron is hot. It is election time. Where are the protesters and lobbyers.

Not a good time to drop the ball.

badamj2000

badamj2000 said on the 6th Aug, 2010

OMG, but what can I do?

Debz

Debz said on the 6th Aug, 2010

badamj2000, you can make sure your vote counts! Some people think that just putting the Greens or Sex Party first will mean they're not voting for either major party...that's not right. If you put both major parties last (as I intend to do), make sure you put the worst last. Your vote will go to whoever you put second-last, after preferences are distributed.

So please make sure you put your worst candidate last of all. [Tony stinx worst] :o)

badamj2000

badamj2000 said on the 6th Aug, 2010

badamj2000, you can make sure your vote counts! Some people think that just putting the Greens or Sex Party first will mean they're not voting for either major party...that's not right. If you put both major parties last (as I intend to do), make sure you put the worst last. Your vote will go to whoever you put second-last, after preferences are distributed.

So please make sure you put your worst candidate last of all. [Tony stinx worst] :o)
OMG. fair enough. I was thinking more in the line of baking cookies...
I know how I'm voting Im afraid it is not very radical at all. Im putting my faith in the people and the system that all be OK.

Spooky

Spooky said on the 6th Aug, 2010

They are not living in the past; they are the past!

Debz

Debz said on the 6th Aug, 2010


Goodo. When all else fails, baking cookies is an excellent solution too.