Why These Rainbow Families Are Going To Canberra

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Rainbow families from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and the Australian Capital Territory will travel to Canberra next month to discuss marriage equality with MPs at Parliament House and to push for the government to abandon its proposed plebiscite on the issue.

The Rainbow Families group is seeking a small number of families from across the country to join them on the Canberra trip.

The group said they’ll be discussing marriage equality and making a strong case against the Government’s plans for a divisive and damaging plebiscite, and will be taking with them one simple message: “Do not hold a plebiscite on marriage equality.”

“Rainbow Families oppose a plebiscite because we know what the impacts will be, both for our families and for vulnerable people in our community,” Rainbow Families co-chair Ashley Scott said.

“We elect our politicians to be decisive and to act in the interests of all Australians a plebiscite is a political fix that will do harm and put lives at risk.

“Some opponents of marriage equality will have no problem saying our families and kids are unnatural or wrong and that’s not something we as a society should accept.”

Rainbow Families will host a morning tea with federal MPs before visiting undecided politicians and speaking at a media conference on the issue in the afternoon. The trip will finish up with a play date in the park with rainbow families from the ACT.

The trip will be on Tuesday, September 13 and would involve taking the day off work and school. Places are limited, and families are encouraged to express their interest via email to Mat at advocacy@rainbowfamilies.com.

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