Australians! I just sent this to Jacinta Collins (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Stephen Conroy (email@example.com), the two Victorian Labor senators who seem unlikely to vote in favour of marriage equality.
I urge you all to check http://www.australianmarriageequality.org/whereyourmpstands/states/Vic/
(or your state equivalent), and email your local member and/or state senators accordingly, should they not support marriage equality.
I'm now doing the same for non-Labor Victorian senators (though I am less optimistic there, sadly).
Senator Collins and Senator Conroy,
As a Victorian voter, I am saddened to see that you are both listed by multiple sources (http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/huge-spike-in-labor-mps-support-for-samesex-marriage-20150508-ggx4z4.html
) as being unlikely to vote in favour of marriage equality.
As a proud Victorian, I urge you to please reconsider your stance on this matter, particularly with legislation to be tabled next week to amend the Marriage Act. I'm heterosexual, but strongly feel that the time has long-since come for Australia to do not what is traditional, or what is easy, but what is right. Gay, straight, or otherwise, everyone should have the right to share their lives with their loved one and be afforded the same protections and benefits under the law.
Australia is decreasingly a religious country, and prides itself on being open and tolerant; it is time for tradition and religion to step back from being able to dictate the lifestyles of those who do not follow them, and to let the privileges and protections of government-sanctioned marriage be open to all Australians.
This has been a battle long in the fighting, and I am filled with hope that it may be drawing to a close. Victoria has a long and proud tradition of being one of the most socially progressive states in Australia; I urge you to let us be at the forefront of what is good and right once more.
Thank you for your time,