23 October 2007 - Lobby calls on parties to join Rudd in committing to equality
The Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL) has welcomed Kevin Rudd's strong commitment to same-sex de facto equality on radio this morning. Although disappointed by the ALP's continued opposition to formal relationship recognition in the form of marriage or civil unions, the GLRL commends the ALP for making an election promise of equality for same-sex couples and their families. The GLRL calls upon all the major parties to join Rudd in showing their position on gay and lesbian issues before the federal election.
Co-Convener of the GLRL, Emily Gray, said this morning, "We commend Kevin Rudd for putting same-sex equality on the campaign agenda and call on the Government to make their position on same-sex equality clear. Lesbians and gay men want a government that will defend the rights of all people and give our relationships the equality they deserve." Co-Convener Peter Johnson continued, saying, "While it is a positive step towards full equality, the GLRL is disappointed that the ALP platform does not include introduction of civil unions or the removal of the same sex marriage ban. This would ensure access to their rights and achieve the symbolic recognition of our relationships that is so important to the gay and lesbian community."
The GLRL will be conducting a survey of the major parties as well as individual candidates in the lead up to the federal election. Questions will ask parties and candidates about their commitment to equality for same-sex couples and families, anti-discrimination legislation, inclusive service provision, and their commitment to consulting with gay and lesbian rights and community organisations.
Answers will be widely distributed to GLBT media and published on our website in order to provide information to the gay and lesbian community. A scorecard will rate each party for its policy commitments, understanding of the issues, ability to implement their promises and their track record on gay and lesbian issues.
The “Build Your Own Pink House” survey campaign, will give pink voters local information on the commitment of parties and candidates in their electorate to equality and their understanding of issues important to lesbians and gay men.