In lieu of the United Nations International Day for Zero Discrimination, our editorial team attended a talk about Marriage Equality arranged by Amnesty International Monash Caulfield (AIMC).
For all those of you who might have missed it, Amnesty International is currently campaigning for equal rights to marriage in Australia. As stated on their website “All of us have a right to be free from discrimination. That includes discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation”. This is a fundamental part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is important to highlight that, on a global scale, 23 countries have already made same-sex marriage possible. [Fun fact: The Netherlands were the first country to introduce the necessary legislative measures in 2001 with Finland being the latest nation to join the ranks.]
It is curious to note that according to Amnesty International’s report, two-thirds of Australians think that everyone should have equal access to marriage. However, this is still a contentious issue wich continues to be pushed back by Australian politicians. With this campaign Amnesty International is trying to reform the Marriage Act, so it allows everyone to get married and have the same rights.As part of the campaign Amnesty International have created this video:
By the end of the talk we had the opportunity to interview the president of AIMC, Marco La Rocca, about the campaign:
“Marriage equality is a campaign conducted by Amnesty international Victoria that tries to pressure Parliament to push for the right for everyone to get married. Act Now with us, Amnesty International Monash Caulfield, by signing the petition at our stall, or directly trough Amnesty International’s website. Marriage is about love and commitment and, in a country based on equal citizenship, it should be possible for everyone to marry the person they love.
If this sounds like something you could get on board with, do not hesitate to visit Amnesty International’s website to learn more about how you can make Marriage Equality in Australia a reality.