As I've said before, I'm abivalent about marriage, gay or straight, or should that be straight and gay.
Nevertheless, I pass on the following and hope readers will duly cut and paste their objections...
From: Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Dear Members and Supporters,
It’s Time to Play the Numbers Game - Respond Now to Labor’s Betrayal
The Howard Government plans to re-introduce its same-sex marriage ban. This ban will define marriage as between a man and a woman and ban the recognition of valid foreign same sex unions.
The ALP agreed to await the outcome of a Senate inquiry before voting on Howard’s marriage ban. But in a spineless move to pander to the fundamentalist Christian Right, the Labor Party has disgracefully betrayed our community. This week, at a forum organized by extremist, homophobic Christian fundamentalists, Nicola Roxon, the Shadow Attorney General, announced that Labor will ignore its commitment and will vote for the ban next week.
The Labor Party has decided that there are more votes in homophobia than in equality. This legislation is spiteful and discriminatory. Our community must let the Labor Party know loud and clear that we will not stand by quietly as they join John Howard in beating the drum of homophobia.
It has been alleged that this backflip by the Labor Party was in response to 12,000 submissions by the fundamentalist Christian Right in support of Howard’s marriage ban.
It is a dark day for equality. We must act now. By next Friday the 13th, we want Mark Latham, Leader of the Labor Party, and Nicola Roxon to receive 13,000 e-mails expressing our outrage at their betrayal.
This has become a numbers game. It’s our turn to show our strength in numbers.
Below is an e-mail for you to send. Help us reach 13,000 by Friday the 13th.
Yours in the fight for equality,
Somali Cerise & Rob McGrory
Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby
Room 6,Level 1,94 Oxford St
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
PO Box 9, Darlinghurst NSW 1300
Phone: (02) 9360 6650
Fax: (02) 9331 7963
Mr Mark Latham MP
Leader of the Opposition
Canberra ACT 2600
Fax: (02) 6277 8495
Ms Nicola Roxon MP
Canberra ACT 2600
Fax: (02) 6277 8405
Dear Mr Latham and Ms Roxon,
I am writing to express my outrage and deep disappointment in the Labor Party’s decision to abandon its commitment our community.
When the Marriage Legislation Amendment Bill 2004 (“Bill”) was first introduced, the Labor Party gave a commitment to our community to send the Bill to a Senate Committee to investigate fully the implications of the Bill. I strongly condemn Nicola Roxon’s announcement at a forum organised by those who hold extremist homophobic views, that the Labor Party plans to renege on its promise to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Australians.
I urge the Labor Party to stand true to its commitment and wait until the Senate Committee hands down its report before making any decision on the Bill.
This Bill will further entrench discrimination against same sex couples and deny same sex couples who have validly married overseas the right to have Australian courts recognise their marriage.
Howard’s marriage ban sends a strong symbolic message that same sex relationships are second class. By singling out a section of the population as inherently less worthy and taking steps to deprive us of lawful rights, federal Members of Parliament who vote for this Bill will stigmatise lesbians and gay men. Gay men and lesbians already face alarmingly high levels of violence and discrimination and this Bill gives comfort to those who perpetrate such violence.
By supporting this Bill, the Labor Party is promoting homophobia over equality. As a party that prides itself on fairness and equality I urge the Labor Party to oppose this discrimination, and defend this attack on gay men and lesbians.
I implore you to await the outcome of the Senate Committee inquiry and to vote against this Bill.