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Australian Marriage Equality – Anger Over Labor’s Failure to Tackle Same-Sex Marriage

AUSTRALIAN MARRIAGE EQUALITY

Media Statement
Saturday August 1st 2009

ANGER OVER LABOR’S FAILURE TO TACKLE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
CIVIL UNIONS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR FULL EQUALITY
RUDD GOV’T USING CONSTITUTION AS "SMOKESCREEN"

Marriage equality advocates are angry the ALP National Conference has failed to properly debate same-sex marriage, voting instead to keep marriage as only between a man and a woman.

Australian Marriage Equality spokesperson, Alex Greenwich, said the ALP has let down the 60% of Australians who support same-sex marriage.

"The ALP’s failure is deeply hurtful to same-sex partners, offensive to the majority of Australians who support same-sex marriage, and embarrassing to the entire nation at a time when even Albania is moving forward on this issue."

"Mr Rudd is now the Prime Minister who has broken the nation’s heart."

Mr Greenwich said the ALP’s new policy for a national framework recognising personal relationships is no substitute for equality in marriage for same-sex couples, and actually highlights marriage discrimination.

"The ALP’s new policy effectively says all personal relationships will be recognised for all purposes, except same-sex couples still can’t marry."

"Whether the new policy allows civil unions to have ceremonies or not is beside the point because civil unions entrench discrimination be giving same-sex relationships a second-best status."

Mr Greenwich also rejected Attorney-General, Robert McClelland’s, view that the Federal Constitution prevents the Government from allowing same-sex marriages.

"The Rudd Government is using the Constitution as a smoke screen for its own prejudices and cowardice", Mr Greenwich said.

Mr Greenwich urged all Australian who support same-sex marriage to send submissions to the current Senate inquiry into the issue.

Rallies and events in every capital city are being conducted today in support of marriage equality.

Mr Greenwich said these events show "the honeymoon is over" for Kevin Rudd and the Labor Party.

Mr Greenwich is a speaker at today’s same-sex marriage rally outside the ALP National Conference.

He can be contacted on 0421 316 335.

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