Australia is ready for marriage equality. The community understands that it's an issue of basic fairness. The Greens have listened to the community, right from the start, and we've acted. Now, Tony Abbott is standing in the way.
Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, and MP for Melbourne Adam Bandt, have Bills before Parliament that would remove discrimination from the Marriage Act and give same-sex couples the right to marry. If Parliament votes for our Bills, Australia will join countries like Canada, Sweden and South Africa in recognising same-sex marriage.
Our pressure and the community campaign for equality have already changed hearts and minds in the Parliament. Tony Abbott needs to allow for a conscience vote on the issue.
Without Tony Abbott giving Coalition members a conscience vote - marriage equality will not happen in Australia.
Thousands have already called Tony Abbott to stop blocking equality.
LGBTI Australians face many and complex issues.