Sydney Says Yes

We didn’t want this vote, LGBTI Australians deserve better, but we have to win it.

If this postal survey is to go ahead we must do everything we can to make sure we are ready for the fight.

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

- Tanya

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  • Johnny Mckinlay
    commented 2017-05-09 22:39:48 +1000
    Because I believe in equality and a government that doesn’t is supporting discrimination
  • Kate Webster
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-09 22:39:36 +1000
    Sydney Says Yes
  • Kate Webster
    commented 2017-05-09 22:38:44 +1000
    This discussion should no longer be required, the right to marry whom you wish is long overdue
  • Sue Bidwell
    commented 2017-05-09 22:35:53 +1000
  • Timothy Teoh
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-09 22:35:41 +1000
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  • Suzie Hill
    commented 2017-05-09 22:35:01 +1000
    To not support equality is to promote discrimination. Our MPs are supposed to govern for all people and should be allowed a free vote in relation to the Marriage Act.
  • Trish Newstead
    commented 2017-05-09 22:34:53 +1000
    Every individual should have the right to choose who they marry regardless of their sexual orientation. It is nobody else’s business but their own.
  • Sarah Moore
    commented 2017-05-09 22:34:51 +1000
    Everyone deserves to love who they love
  • Tim Teoh
    commented 2017-05-09 22:34:49 +1000
    Marriage equality is about fairness for all Australians. That’s why I support it. We should have a free vote in the parliament now.
  • Roger West
    commented 2017-05-09 22:34:31 +1000
    No brained. Do it
  • Thomas Klikauer
    commented 2017-05-09 22:33:33 +1000
  • Rika Bolton
    commented 2017-05-09 22:33:29 +1000
  • Laura Cottam
    commented 2017-05-09 22:32:53 +1000
    Marriage is a right and a privilege for all those who love each other, and should not be denied to anyone because their partner happens to be the same sex. It does not devalue my marriage to have others join in the institution, love is love and should be allowed to be equally recognised.
  • Patrick Gent
    commented 2017-05-09 22:32:45 +1000
    Because I should be able to get married
  • Katja Klikauer
    commented 2017-05-09 22:32:39 +1000
  • Carolyn Lenna
    commented 2017-05-09 22:30:06 +1000
    I believe everyone should have the same choice i have. Marriage should not be a matter for laws. It should be a personal choice
  • Sheena Pillay
    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.
  • Erin Daniel
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-09-28 11:54:04 +1000
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  • Erin Daniel
    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.
  • Vicki Frost
    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?
  • Matthew Shaw
    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.
  • Gavin Williams
    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.
  • Anne McKay
    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.
  • Catharine Pruscino
    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.
  • Mike Greenwald
    commented 2016-03-07 00:46:51 +1100
    Because it’s the right thing to do.

    I want my marriage recognized when I visit.
  • Geoff Cutler
    commented 2016-03-06 08:43:27 +1100
    It’s the right thing to do and treats all people equally.
  • Elton Uliana
    commented 2016-03-04 23:36:32 +1100
    Yes, of course. It’s the third Millennium.
  • Katie Barry
    commented 2016-03-04 20:27:29 +1100
  • david chapman-parrott
    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 .
  • Anonymous
    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.