Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced in Sunday night’s debate that if re-elected he would bring forward marriage equality legislation in the first 100 days of Parliament.
ACT Labor representatives Senator Kate Lundy, Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann and Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh have long been advocates for marriage equality and ending discrimination against LGBTI Canberrans.
The vast majority of the Australian community support marriage equality and the Prime Minister’s announcement will mean a lot to many Canberrans.
The ACT has been a leader in recognising same-sex relationships and advocating for same-sex marriage laws, with the ACT leading the country in 2006 as one of the first jurisdictions to legislate for a civil union scheme.
The ACT Legislative Assembly has reinstated the role of ceremonies and celebrants in civil unions giving same-sex couples the same rights as people married under the Marriage Act.
We congratulate the Prime Minister on changing his personal view to support marriage equality.
All Australians should have the right to proper recognition of their relationship whether they are gay or straight.
We encourage Canberrans to show their support for marriage equality so we can end marriage discrimination against LGBTI Australians.
We believe it’s time, and we believe Canberrans think it’s time.