Civil Unions passed in Queensland, the ALP changes their platform in support of same-sex marriage, exciting times of change!
Change is happening and it’s hard not to be excited. Wednesday night I witnessed a historic moment in Queensland LGBT history when the Civil Unions bill was passed in parliament. The bill was introduced by deputy premier Andrew Fraser, which allows same-sex or heterosexual couples to register their union with the Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. While it isn’t full marriage equality it is a step in the right direction. Today however another historic moment took place with the ALP changing the party’s platform to support same-sex marriage. What this now means is that a bill will be put forward to parliament in the hope of changing the Marriage Act to support same-sex marriage. Finally our government is getting with times. The fight for equality is far from over, but this is also a positive step in the right direction.
It is so great to see all the work that we’ve doing attending rallies and protesting for equality is starting to pay off. Most of all it feels good to say I’m a part of something greater then myself. It’s moments like this that I think of the first Mardi Gras in Sydney and how important it is to keep the fight for equal rights blazing.
Times are a changing! So I guess I just want to encourage each one of you not to grow idle during this time, continue to send letters to your local government reps, continue to to attend rallies and protests and most of all continue to stand strong. Marriage equality for all!