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Australian activists flood anti-LGBT politician’s voicemail with same-sex marriage messages

Meka Beresford July 29, 2017
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LGBT activists in Australia are fighting back against homophobic politicians in inventive ways.

Brisbane locals took initiative and flooded their MP’s voicemail with messages supporting same-sex marriage.

Liberal party MP Peter Dutton for Queensland received hundreds of voicemail messages urging him to support marriage equality.

“We want marriage equality, now,” was the short but sweet message left for Dutton, who is notoriously anti-LGBT.

The flood of messages was left as activists gathered at Brisbane’s CBD, a rally for equality.

At the event, which was run by GetUp! and Equal Love, rallies were urged to call on their local government to put marriage equality into action.

Sally Rugg, a campaign director for GetUp! said: The government need to hear from us every single day.

“Pick up the phone, Call your Liberal or National Party representative and ask them to hold a free vote in Parliament.”

Dr Peter Catt, a Dean at St John’s Anglican Cathedral said urged government officials to “get on with the job you’re paid to do”.

“We want you to provide this,” he added.

It comes after that Liberal MPs were prepping a private member’s bill on the matter.

However, Peter Dutton has stood staunchly against marriage equality in the country.

The Immigration and Home Affairs minister has said that gay marriage is “shoving politically correct nonsense down our throats”.

He also told gay business executive Alan Joyce, who was attacked for a pie for his support of marriage equality, to “stick to knitting”.

More recently, Dutton called for a postal vote on same-sex marriage.

Speaking to Sky News, Dutton reignited the debate on same-sex marriage.

He said: “I think there is momentum in relation to having the matter resolved one way or the other.

“I’m working on the assumption that this issue is going to be dealt with in this Parliament,” he said of proposing a postal vote.

A postal vote, similarly to a plebiscite, is not compulsory.

It also does not require legislation to establish, but would be a more cheaply administered option than a regular plebiscite.

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