The following media release was issued by the Tasmanian Gay & Lesbian Rights Group (TGLRG) on 6.08.12.

Advocates say their campaign to achieve marriage equality in Tasmania will focus on the human face of the issue.

Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said the best advocates for marriage equality are the couples and families who will directly benefit.

“The international experience shows that marriage equality strengthens relationships and families, and we will be encouraging Tasmanian politicians to meet the people who can communicate this message best of all.”

Mr Croome said the marriage equality campaign will also highlight the social and economic benefits for Tasmania.

“The $100 million windfall that is expected from same-sex couples marrying in Tasmania will mean more jobs for young Tasmanians in the small business sector.”

Two of those who will be talking to politicians are Corey Peterson and Els MacIntosh.

Corey, and his long-term partner Cameron McShane, are in a Tasmanian civil union but want to “upgrade” to full equality.

“Our message to Tasmania’s politicians will be that it’s important for us to be treated equally before the law. We’re looking forward to doing an upgrade into what everybody else can have.”

Els McIntosh the mother of gay son, Nick McIntosh, says her message will be about how marriage equality strengthens families.

“Marriage creates a unique bond that brings families together. I would like my son’s partner to be my son-in-law.”

A new video explaining why marriage equality is important for Tasmania is now available on

Corey Peterson can be contacted on 0418 294 496 and Els McIntosh on 03 6234 2372.

For more information contact Rodney Croome on 0409 010 668