Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) have launched a campaign to “give Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull a backbone” in a new push for a free vote on marriage equality.
The campaign calls on supporters of marriage equality to send emails to Mr Turnbull urging him “to grow a backbone and show leadership by allowing a free vote” on the reform in the parliament.
PFLAG said supporters’ emails will be fashioned into a spine that will be delivered to the PM by representatives from the group.
Spokesperson Shelley Argent said the organisation has had great success getting through to MPs with email campaigns, and now it’s Mr Turnbull’s turn.
“Many Australians are disappointed Mr Turnbull hasn’t yet taken the lead on marriage equality by allowing a free vote so we’re on his case,” she said.
“Emails that are sent to Malcolm Turnbull calling for a free vote will be collected together, turned into a spine and delivered to him.
“The simple message is that we want Malcolm Turnbull to show some backbone on marriage equality.”
Recently, Mr Turnbull has stood by the government’s marriage equality plebiscite, which was blocked by the Senate last November.
“If we’d had the plebiscite… it would’ve been passed, and gay couples would be getting married now,” Mr Turnbull said late last month.
“We have a commitment on a plebiscite, which we took to the election. That’s our policy. The way to ensure gay marriage is to have a plebiscite.”
PFLAG and just.equal have also rejected the new voluntary “postal plebiscite” proposed by some government MPs.
Veteran marriage equality campaigner Rodney Croome said the new postal scheme would be “inherently rigged.”
“The result of a voluntary postal vote on marriage equality will not be representative, will carry no weight and will not be binding on parliament,” he said.
“It will be a wasteful, worthless and damaging exercise that will bring marriage equality no closer at all.”
To get involved in the PFLAG campaign, visit the website at GiveMalcolmABackbone.com.au.
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