Sydney Says Yes

We are at a critical moment in the campaign for marriage equality.

We’ve defeated the harmful, divisive plebiscite but there is still one thing standing in the way of making marriage equality a reality: Prime Minister Turnbull.

If Mr Turnbull stood up to the extreme right wing of his party, we could make marriage equality law today.

Sign our petition to call on Malcolm Turnbull to grant his MPs a free vote in parliament.

I need your help to show that the momentum for equality in Australia is unstoppable.

Together we can get this done.

- Tanya

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  • commented 2017-01-20 12:32:38 +1100
    Love is love and if we live in a truly democratic society, equal rights should be afforded to all.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-09-28 11:54:04 +1000
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  • commented 2016-09-28 11:52:54 +1000
    Until we have equality in our laws and rights, we can’t begin to have a real and lasting effect on the mental health and wellbeing of one of our most vulnerable communities in Australia. Until we have equality we can’t begin to have a real and lasting effect on eradicating homophobia and discrimination. Until we have equality, we cannot pride ourselves on being a country that is safe, supportive, educated, progressive and compassionate.

    Equality means moving forward as a people. Discrimination means that we continue to bury ourselves in the rabbit’s fur.
  • commented 2016-09-15 06:44:03 +1000
    Who are we as a population to hold other people back from marriage? And why do we have to waste valuable resources deciding it? As a heterosexual person married for 20 years, can we please legalize this now?
  • commented 2016-05-25 11:25:20 +1000
    The notion that the love between two people is somehow inferior to the love between two others is unfathomable.
  • commented 2016-03-14 17:38:08 +1100
    So my children can stand tall and walk proud, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • commented 2016-03-09 21:56:17 +1100
    Like many people this issue of marriage equality became a human rights issue later rather than sooner. Many of my colleagues and former students were gay and somewhere in my forties (I am now in my sixties) I began to question all my previous beliefs regarding what constituted a marriage and I came to the conclusion that the main criteria was love for each other regardless of gender.
  • commented 2016-03-07 17:17:58 +1100
    As a legal agreement between two consenting adults, I do not understand why the church and other non-secular organisations feel their values or morality are weakened. Marriage equality is about love, equity and compassion within a legal framework, not religious belief. If the conservatives amongst us do not support marriage equality, then their opinion should inform their behaviour solely.

    It is 2016, why do some citizens have greater rights and influence over the choices of others?

    One voice, one vote.
  • commented 2016-03-07 00:46:51 +1100
    Because it’s the right thing to do.

    I want my marriage recognized when I visit.
  • commented 2016-03-06 08:43:27 +1100
    It’s the right thing to do and treats all people equally.
  • commented 2016-03-04 23:36:32 +1100
    Yes, of course. It’s the third Millennium.
  • commented 2016-03-04 20:27:29 +1100
  • commented 2016-03-04 12:13:48 +1100
    In my opinion same sex marriage should have already been approved except for a minority of bigoted stuck in the past politicians and lame religious leaders who. still live in the middle ages my partner and I lived in a committed relationship for 16 yrs until his untimely passing from cancer in 2009 we had a wedding ceremony with all the trimmings (although not legal )and to us it cemented our relationship just as it does for hetro couples it meant so much to both of us it would have made things much easier after his death if it had been legal as I had a business partner (female) challenge for his estate believing she had more right to claim it than I did this may not have happened bad our marriage been legal it is way past time that our community is granted the same rights warts and all as every other human being on this earth at 65 I am tired of living as a 2nd class citizen .
  • commented 2016-03-04 01:50:42 +1100
    If one were to inquire in regards to the ‘essence’ of marriage, I do not believe it makes sense to look for it in the particulars, i.e the coupling of a male and female. Furthermore, if marriage is a bond bound by the love of a man and woman, and if we take into account that same-sex couples love just as meaningfully as straight couples, then what is it that marriage actually exhibits if same sex couples are disqualified? By limiting marriage in such a way, are we not ‘missing the point’? Furthermore, does such a limitation not degrade the entire meaning behind marriage in the first place?

    The answer is it must, unless we make the claim same sex couples do not love as meaningfully as a man and woman, and base disqualification on such a claim. But this not only impossible to prove, it is also hateful nonsense.

    Marriage is the public and legal expression of a bound between two people who love one another. All that should be required, therefore, is a guaranteed level of maturity (restrictions of age) of those to be married. Nothing else should matter.
  • commented 2016-03-02 15:13:31 +1100
    Why can’t we get along with gays?
  • commented 2016-03-02 10:48:42 +1100
    Because the love I share with my beautiful partner is the same as everyone else.. Love is Love! It doesn’t matter that we are of the same sex… ❤️❤️☯
  • commented 2016-03-02 08:24:21 +1100
    Basic human rights.
  • commented 2016-03-02 00:04:52 +1100
    i support equality because it’s balanced and right. it’s not hurting anyone and it would make many very happy.
  • commented 2016-03-01 23:40:18 +1100
    It’s 2016…
  • commented 2016-03-01 21:07:55 +1100
    Love knows no boundaries, race, religion, creed, sexuality. Love is..
  • commented 2016-03-01 19:42:29 +1100
    Because everybody deserves to be happy
  • commented 2016-03-01 13:53:36 +1100
    Because everyone deserves to be equal under the law.
  • commented 2016-02-25 18:41:43 +1100
    It’s a fair go for all
  • commented 2015-11-06 15:47:56 +1100
    It’s 2015… just… seriously. it’s 2015.
  • commented 2015-11-05 16:53:08 +1100
    I believe all people are born equal and shouldn’t be deprived of equal rights when they chose to leave with the person they love.
  • commented 2015-11-04 15:09:17 +1100
    By denying marriage equality to GLBTI Australians it sends a powerful message to people like me that in the eyes of the government our relationships are inherently less right and less equal than those of heterosexuals. This is completely unacceptable in any country, let alone one like Australia.
  • commented 2015-11-03 17:32:56 +1100
    Marriage equality tells every gay boy and girl that same sex relationships are equal to opposite sex relationships – that their desire to be in a same sex relationship is the same as their straight siblings and friends.

    As a young confused queer kid this would have been a very powerful message to me.

    Same sex marriage says to queer kids that if your parents and family don’t support that you know that society at large does so go and find them.

    Same sex marriage will be turn down the internalised homophobia that all gay people deal with – that’s why I support same sex marriage.
  • commented 2015-08-19 22:13:55 +1000
    I support equality because I want to get married! I believe no one has the right to take that away from me, no matter what prejudice they use to justify it. I support it because now we finally have the political leadership and public conversations that are many years overdue.

    Unfortunately the representatives of the Australian public do not proportionately represent the views of the Australians – representing what I feel as a long lasting failure in our democracy. What greater first step to revitalizing public trust and attitudes in politics by making real change? I’m only sad that were so far behind New Zealand, Ireland and dare I say even the US now in something as basic as human rights.

    Lets just get this done already!
  • commented 2015-08-18 11:21:51 +1000
    We should all be treated equally & have the choice to marry if we want to !!
  • commented 2015-08-17 23:38:56 +1000
    I want to live in a just , humane, inclusive community and walk down the street knowing that all around feel a sense of belonging and make their choices .