Before you call, it might help to write down a few sentences about why marriage equality matters to you. Two or three sentences is fine - you will have three minutes to tell your story.
Look at the points below if you need a few ideas.
Then call 1300 663 679 and follow the voice prompts.
But it will only happen when more politicians hear from people in their electorates. Australian Marriage Equality, in partnership with Ben and Jerry’s, has developed Equality Calling to make it easier than ever for you to tell your local politicians to vote for marriage equality. Call the number above, leave a recorded message and your message will be delivered automatically to your local MP and Senators.
The best message is your personal story. Why do you support marriage equality? Who in your life does it affect, and how does it affect them? Have you changed your mind? Answers to these questions that draw on your personal experience will more be more persuasive. Here’s some talking points that you can illustrate with your personal story:
Australian Marriage Equality is a national non-profit organisation working for equal marriage for all adult Australians. We believe a person's gender or sexuality should not affect their legal rights and responsibilities under Australian marriage law. We believe marriage equality will be achieved through a respectful national debate in which supporters or reform from different backgrounds work together. Our focus is on lobbying, advocacy and community education.
Despite a majority of Australians being in favour of marriage equality, Australian law still doesn't allow all couples full and equal legal status. Meanwhile, countries similar to Australia - New Zealand, the UK, the US and Canada - have achieved marriage equality and are moving on. Equality Calling is a powerful way to get the message through to our politicians that it's time for marriage equality. We urge you to call our equality hotline and leave a respectful message focussing on your personal story. This will help us win the 25 additional MPs' votes required to make marriage equality a reality.
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Visit our website australianmarriageequality.org to find out more and get the relevant facts.
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If you're a straight couple and want to delay your engagement plans, wedding day or hold off until everyone can get married – you'll be making a statement nobody can ignore. If you can't wait, why not chose to have your celebrant gently mention marriage equality in your wedding ceremony?
Place posters, campaign materials and information packs to encourage debate and show a sense of solidarity.