Greens spokesperson for Marriage Equality Lynn MacLaren says she is proud to be marching with the Australian Marriage Equality (AME) float at Mardi Gras 2015. Ms MacLaren recognised the fabulous work AME is doing in advocating for Same-sex Marriage Equality Australia-wide and said it was the single most important issue facing the LGBTQI community.
“Excluding same-sex couples from marriage devalues the status of a loving relationship and can negatively impact on the mental health and wellbeing of gay and lesbian people,” she said.
“Politicians at all levels continue to resist this crucial social change, yet it has been shown time and again to have broad public support. "There is some hope, with Senator David Leyonhjelm’s introduction of a Commonwealth Marriage Equality bill to continue pushing for reform federally.
“It's time for the Liberals to allow a conscience vote on equality; if that happens, then there is a good chance of achieving Marriage Equality in Australia which is long overdue.”
Ms MacLaren said she still had plans to proceed with her same-sex marriage equality bill in Western Australia, designed to withstand a high court challenge, should the federal bill be unsuccessful. “I am proud to be marching this weekend for a cause I know the majority of Australians support.”
“Unfortunately we are still lacking the necessary federal leadership on this issue, but I am confident we will see positive change soon.” Ms MacLaren also said, in light of the upcoming New South Wales state election, she wanted to show her support for the NSW Greens and marriage equality in that state.