It's time for marriage equality

"Today's launch of a national advertising campaign for marriage equality is well timed for national law reform," said Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren.

"As Western Australians wait for the Nationals to table a bill for civil unions, we call on the federal parliament to debate full marriage equality for same sex couples and allow all elected Members to vote with their conscience.

"I'm sure the supporters of equal marriage rights who are stifled by party bosses are squirming in their seats each time this is voted on in the House and in the Senate. They know their constituents expect more from them, yet these Members of Parliament are forced to vote against it, or stay silent," added Ms MacLaren.

A national television campaign launched by Getup! and Australian Marriage Equality today will build pressure on the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader to give their members a free-vote on marriage reform.

"This television campaign takes things up a notch. It's the next phase in what has been a long campaign and further evidence that this is an issue that won't go away.  It's time Ms Gillard and Mr Abbott let their members have a conscience vote, so that the views of the community can finally be heard," Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

Senator Hanson-Young's Bill to amend the Marriage Act remains on the table in the Senate, waiting for agreement on a conscience vote from all parties.

The Getup! ad can be viewed here:

This picture was taken at last November's Marriage Equality rally in Perth.

For more information on Greens policy regarding marriage equality please click here.