Last week I met in Parliament House with inner west representatives of Rainbow Families, a national advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex parents.
I pledged to fight alongside them to oppose an unnecessary and divisive plebiscite on marriage equality.
Hearing first-hand the fears of local parents and children about what a plebiscite will mean for them has reinforced my view that politicians must do what we are paid to do and legislate marriage equality now.
Grayndler is one of the most diverse electorates in the country and there are literally thousands of rainbow families in the inner west who are concerned they will be denigrated during a plebiscite campaign.
Malcolm Turnbull’s plan to give millions of dollars to opponents of marriage equality for negative advertising will have a human cost for local parents and children.
Delivering marriage equality will extend to one group of Australians rights that are already enjoyed by other Australians. It will take no-one’s existing rights away from them.
We don’t have plebiscites on the economy or infrastructure or the other issues governments deal with and we don’t need a plebiscite on marriage equality.
When all of this is over, people will wonder what all the fuss was about.
Leader of the Australian Labor Party, MP for Grayndler, Rabbitohs Life Member. Authorised by Anthony Albanese, ALP, Canberra.