Ida does not AGREE 100,000 for equality.

IDA DOES NOT AGREE  in equal rights for same-sex couples, now is the time to say "I do" and sign this urgent petition


It's crunch time in the campaign for marriage equality. This weekend, a group of conservative pastors will ask congregations across Australia to sign a petition against equality.

They already claim some 34,000 signatures, and they're planning to deliver the petition at the ALP National Conference in a few weeks, when the party's policy on marriage equality will be decided.

The good news is that GetUp members may be able to deliver our campaign to the Prime Minister in person any day now. GetUp members earlier this year chipped in donations and won a charity auction to have dinner with Julia Gillard. Three inspirational same-sex couples are lined up to dine with Julia Gillard, and we’re expecting the big day to be in the next few weeks.

Can you help Sandy and Louise, Steve and John and Sarah and Emma ensure that they have a HUGE national petition to deliver to the PM over dinner?

Sign the petition today: www.getup.org.au/marriagematters

So long as we have inequality enshrined in law, the hatred and bigotry of homophobia will continue.

Equality can’t be a half measure, it's something you have, or something you don’t. That’s why the Marriage Act must be changed to ensure all adult couples – irrespective of gender – are recognised as equal.

It's not beyond us. Advocates within the Labor Party have recently ramped up their calls for change and we need to help them. Minister Mark Butler said it well in an op-ed this week: "Australia should recognise that marriage is now predominantly a civil institution and apply standard principles of equal treatment at least to civil ceremonies."1

It is important for our allies on this issue, like Minister Butler, that we give them strong evidence of the public support for the ALP having binding position on this.

When delegates take to the conference floor, we need to equip them with the support they need to say Australians demand equality. Add your name today and encourage friends to do the same!

We’ve been pointing to the Labor Party’s National Conference – just three weeks away now – as a watershed moment in the fight for marriage equality. We know that the momentum we've built may bring a positive change to the Labor Party's stance on same-sex marriage, and Australia one step closer to full equality under the law.

For all your effort thus far, thank you. Together we've done much and it feels we’re closer than ever to finding the equality Australia deserves.

for the GetUp team.

PS. Poke around on www.ido.org.au, it's our new hub for all things marriage equality. You can check out the great video we put together with Australian Marriage Equality and share it with your friends!


GetUp is an independent, not-for-profit community campaigning group. We use new technology to empower Australians to have their say on important national issues. We receive no political party or government funding, and every campaign we run is entirely supported by voluntary donations. If you'd like to contribute to help fund GetUp's work, please donate now! If you have trouble with any links in this email, please go directly to www.getup.org.au. To unsubscribe from GetUp, please click here. Authorised by Simon Sheikh, Level 5, 116 Kippax St, Surry Hills NSW 2010


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