The Australian Marriage Equality group have reported today that only ten more votes are needed pass same-sex marriage through the Australian senate.
This remarkable and welcome news was issued in a statement from the advocacy group who now call on all Australians to contact those undecided senators and urge them to support the legislation which would allow equal marriage the chance of being passed, reports Jason Shaw.
The AME say that 20 out of the 76 senators in the house are against same-sex marriage whilst another 27 are still yet undecided or have not declared their views on the matter.
The group have started a campaign page on the AME website which allows voters to see which senators in their state are undecided. The site can then direct the visitor to the senators’ contact details hopefully so voters can lobby them on the issue. Already there has been remarkable response with over 10,000 emails already sent, despite the campaign only starting a day or so ago.
“Only ten more votes are needed for the Senate to pass a reform that will strengthen families, provide couples with greater security, and fulfil the aspirations of a clear majority of Australians.” said Alex Greenwich of AME, adding that the senate inquiry into same-sex marriage was so supportive and the house has strong advocates for the issue such as Penny Wong, the senate is ‘the obvious chamber to start the marriage equality debate and vote.’
There is a real possibility of change in Australia, despite the ultra homophobic anti marriage equality Prime Minster Julia Gillard who wont change her opposition on marriage equality.