Freedom seeks end to injustice

Couple Meagan Bousfield and Freedom Bradbury are fighting for marriage equality. Picture: Marcus Whisson d406172
Couple Meagan Bousfield and Freedom Bradbury are fighting for marriage equality. Picture: Marcus Whisson d406172

Ms Baker last week called for members of Parliament to support a cross-party working group to investigate marriage equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community.

She said the New South Wales Government established that the Constitution did not prohibit them from legislating marriage equality and she urged the WA Parliament to confirm its own power to act.

‘Marriage equality is not something that we can wait for the Commonwealth Government or the High Court to determine in our state,’ she said.

‘The majority of Western Australians support marriage equality, yet our Government has yet to stand up and act on this support.

‘In Western Australia, it is now time to bring LGBTI people up to the full value that we afford other couples.’

Ms Bradbury, a City of Stirling resident, said there was a ‘big double standard’ when it came to discrimination against sexuality.

‘Marriage discrimination is a government sanctioned mass discrimination,’ she said.

‘If you go to a workplace and an employer says you can’t have a job because you’re gay, they get done for discrimination.’

Ms Bradbury and her partner Meagan Bousfield have been engaged for 12 months with the hope marriage laws would change.

‘There’s a serious gap in equality and Australia is lagging with Tony Abbot’s recent comments implying marriage equality is some kind of trend of the moment,’ she said.

‘Injustice anywhere threatens justice everywhere and the same goes for equality.’