New campaign launched to show Labor support for marriage equality

Rainbow Labor activists today officially launched a new campaign to highlight support for marriage equality among Australia’s largest progressive political party.

The ‘Labor for Marriage Equality’ campaign will use social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to showcase individual Labor Candidates and Members of Parliaments, state and federal, who have taken a stand for equality.

People can join the campaign by liking the ‘Labor for Marriage Equality’ Facebook page

or by following @Labor4ME on Twitter.

Support for equality continues to gain momentum within the ALP with more than overwhelming amount of Federal and State Labor MPs now on the side of change.

The majority of the party’s rank-and-file members have also taken a stand for equality, voting at the 2011 ALP National Conference to change the policy platform to recognise marriage as being a commitment between two people.

ACT Labor Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr, mover of the Platform amendment at the 2011 ALP National Conference, said the momentum within the Labor Party, and in the broader community, for this important social reform is unstoppable.

“The Australian Labor Party has a strong tradition of standing up for equality and doing what is right for all Australians, regardless of their ethnicity, their gender or their sexuality,” Mr Barr said.

“It is in this tradition that Labor party members have stood up and proudly declared their support for marriage equality.”

WA Labor Senator Louise Pratt said, while Labor support for this social reform continues to grow, Australia cannot achieve marriage equality without the backing of Coalition Senators and Members of Parliament.

“The reality is that, for this important social reform to pass through the Federal Parliament, it must gain support from a majority of parliamentarians,” Senator Pratt said.

 “Labor took the important step of allowing Labor parliamentarians to vote with their hearts on this issue. It’s high time that Opposition Leader Tony Abbott allows his parliamentarians to do the same so this social reform can find the majority support it needs to become law.”