The annual conference of the Labor party in Australia started and it is planned that they speak about gay marriage and decide if the party support it or if they do a conscience vote. Its leader, Prime Minister Julia Gillard, is opposed to marriage equality but a majority of the members would like a law allowing gay and lesbian couples the right to marry and they will do everything to support it following the example of Australians which presented a petition of more than 140,000 signatures.
"Prime Minister Gillard, delegates to the ALP National Conference: Not allowing same-sex couples to marry denies them and their families legal equality and perpetuates discrimination and prejudice. The overwhelming majority of Australians support full marriage equality and it is the right thing to do. Marriage matters: amend the Commonwealth Marriage Act so that same-sex partners can be wed," says the petition.
"The Australian public has spoken and I’m confident Labor is listening. If, as predicted, the Labor Party changes its platform to support marriage equality it will be a victory for love over prejudice and for equality over discrimination," Australian Marriage Equality National Convener, Alex Greenwich, said. "But if the Party settles for a conscience vote we are still confident the issue will move forward, the momentum on this issue is unstoppable."
Simon Sheikh from GetUp National added: "Many delegates have already expressed their support for change, not only is this welcome but it also provides young gay and lesbian Australians with hope that one day they will be able to live the life of their dreams. The mental health impacts of discrimination cannot be underestimated and that’s why we and over 140,000 other Australians urge delegates to change the Labor Platform to recognise marriage as a commitment made by two people who love each other, regardless of their gender."