Australian politicians to march for marriage equality at Melbourne’s Midsumma Pride

Politicians from the opposition Labor and Greens parties and an openly gay candidate from the ruling Liberal party will march with Australian Marriage Equality in Melbourne’s Midsumma Pride March on Sunday

Australian politicians to march for marriage equality at Melbourne’s Midsumma Pride
31 January 2014

Same-sex marriage campaign Australian Marriage Equality (AME) will be joined by politicians from all stripes of politics this year when they march in Melbourne’s LGBTI pride march.

AME’s contingent will bring together politicians from Labor, the Liberals and the Greens parties to show bipartisan support for the right of Australian same-sex couples to marry.

Labor’s Federal Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus will march together with State Greens’ MP Sue Pennicuik and federal Liberal candidate Kevin Eckendahl who was one of the first openly-gay Liberal candidates for the House of Representatives.

Pennicuik has introduced a state level same-sex marriage bill in the Victorian Parliament, while Dreyfus oversaw new discrimination protections for transgender and intersex Australians while in government before his party lost to the Liberal-National Coalition of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

‘By marching with representatives from all three parties we want to emphasize that marriage equality can only be achieved with cross-party co-operation,’ AME Victoria convener Tim Peppard said.

‘Marriage equality is an issue which should unite people across the political spectrum, not divide.’

The Greens have consistently voted in favor of marriage equality and Labor MPs have a conscience vote and pressure has been mounting from a group of MPs within the Liberal Party for Abbott to allow his MPs to vote with their consciences.

The Midsumma Pride March begins at 2pm on Sunday 2 February at the corner of Lakeside Drive and Fitzroy St, St Kilda.



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