Marriage equality: the time has come

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, Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott are standing in the way.

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. Labor members now have a conscience vote on the issue - and some Labor members have already said publicly that they will vote for equality. But they aren't enough. By loudly opposing change, the Prime Minister is holding Labor back from voting for equality. Some Coalition members want to vote for equality, but Tony Abbott won't let his members vote with their communities for change.

Without the support of the Prime Minister - and without Tony Abbott giving Coalition members a conscience vote - marriage equality will not happen in Australia.

Thousands have already called on Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott to stop blocking equality - join them here on our new petition today.

LGBTI Australians face many and complex issues. Find out more about our work on those issues here.

Latest on Marriage equality: the time has come

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Coalition’s High Court challenge is futile prejudice – Greens

22 Oct 2013

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says the Abbott government's wasteful move to strike down ACT marriage laws in the High Court will be nothing more than a futile attempt to maintain discrimination against same-sex couples contrary to the wishes of the Australian people.

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No legal advice justifies discrimination

11 Oct 2013

The Australian Greens say Attorney-General George Brandis should release legal advice he says justifies High Court action against ACT marriage equality laws.

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Abbott’s High Court challenge a desperate attempt to maintain last century discrimination

10 Oct 2013

"Tony Abbott's attempt to block same-sex marriage by taking the ACT Government to the High Court will fail because Australians want change and are sick of his last century and discriminatory attitude," Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

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Equality for LGBTI Australians

01 Sep 2013

The Greens have always stood up for full equality for LGBTI Australians, and always will.

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Christine Milne stands for equality

21 May 2013

Christine Milne has a long history of standing for equality, from winning the community campaign for gay law reform in Tasmania, to marching in Mardi Gras with her son Tom.

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