Archive for February 19th, 2013

Marriage in NSW: This is the year

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Jess

Support marriage equality? Sign the petition to make marriage equality real this year in NSW: http://www.getup.org.au/nsw-marriage-equality

Callum and Clinton
Callum Mathieson (L) and Clinton Bryan (R).

It’s hard to believe that in 2013 Australia doesn’t recognise the love, partnership and dignity of the union between Clinton and his husband Callum. Clinton sent us a heartfelt email a few days after his wedding to Callum in a touching ceremony, surrounded by family and friends. The GetUp community is all about sharing and Clinton has generously shared the experience of marrying the man he loves with us all – read his story below.

This year we have a chance to change the law in NSW so that Callum, Clinton and every other couple who want their relationship to be legally recognised can do so. A group of NSW MPs from across the political spectrum are organising to make marriage equality a reality.

Can you sign the petition to members of NSW Parliament to support the push for marriage equality in NSW?

http://www.getup.org.au/nsw-marriage-equality

We know that other states are considering passing their own marriage equality legislation. A successful marriage equality bill in NSW could be enough to tip them over the edge and put pressure on the Federal Government as well. It won’t be easy, but this could be our best chance to make real progress towards marriage equality.

Can you add you name to the petition to members of NSW Parliament for marriage equality legislation this year?

http://www.getup.org.au/nsw-marriage-equality

Thanks for sharing the love,
The GetUp team.

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Hi there,

My name is Clinton, and I am 29 years old. On November the 16th 2012 I got married to Callum Mathieson at Dunbar House in Watsons Bay Sydney. While we know that technically we did not get ”married” nor will we be ”husbands”, this day was treated as such ever since we got engaged.

When Callum proposed we originally were going to wait until it became legal. There is just something special about exchanging vows that has more impact if they were legally recognised. Though the thought of waiting for 5, 10 or even 15 years for legalities to catch up with social opinion was just not an option. The thought of someone else deciding when we were ready for this next chapter in our lives didn’t seem to sit well with us. Why should politics dictate when we feel that we want to get married, or at all?

So we decided to do it anyway. And on the 16th of November Callum and I walked down the aisle accompanied by our mothers and witnessed by our fathers.

Our wedding is an example of what a modern day wedding looks like. It’s not a man and a woman, a man and a man or even a woman and a woman. But two people, standing in front of the most important people in their lives expressing their love and devotion to each other. Witnessed by family and friends and recognised by law.

We are so very lucky to say that we had our mothers walking us down the aisle, our fathers signing the witness certificate. My brother was my best man, our sisters did a reading in the ceremony and our nieces and nephews made up the wedding party as our page boys and flower girls.

To our friends and family this day was not a wedding between two men or even a civil ceremony as it is most commonly called. But simply a Wedding.

Kindest regards,

Clinton Bryan

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Don’t forget to sign the petition to members of NSW Parliament for marriage equality in NSW: http://www.getup.org.au/nsw-marriage-equality

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19th February 2013

Update: Community winning on CSG

Posted by
Jess

You are winning the fight against coal seam gas!

People power has today shown it is more powerful than the coal seam gas companieslike AGL, Origin, Metgasco, Dart Energy and others! A network of community groups and individuals, led by Lock the Gate have organised a widespread defence of their communities, land and the environment. GetUp members like you have been a key part of this grass-roots movement, chipping in to run TV, newspaper and radio ads, attending events and rallies, lobbying your local MPs, making submissions to government inquiries and assessment processes and reaching out to your friends and family to make sure they know of the risks from CSG.

As a result the Premier has said that legal exclusion zones will be put in place around all residential areas and future residential growth areas. That means much of NSW, including all residential areas, no matter the size of the town, will be protected from new CSG expansion. For those in rural areas that aren’t yet protected, there’s more work to do; but today is an encouraging sign.

Furthermore, the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) will be given new powers as the industry watchdog, with the power to revoke CSG licenses and the State’s chief scientist will be appointed to review impacts of CSG mining not covered by these reforms. There are also proposed exclusion zones around some industries such as vineyards and thoroughbred breeders.

We still have to ensure these commitments are delivered and that the other major impacts of CSG are addressed, such as the impact on:

  • People living in non-residential areas such as on farms;
  • Productive agricultural land;
  • Water catchments and aquifers; and
  • Natural assets like the Piliga Forest and other high conservation value areas.

Credit where credit is due. There is still more work to do but it is important we celebrate and consolidate this important and significant milestone. Please contact Premier Barry O’Farrell and thank him for this important commitment and urge him to deliver similar protections for farmers and agricultural land and natural areas too: Click here to tweet @BarryOFarrell, or click here to send him an email.

Together we’ve achieved so much and together we’ll need to remain vigilant to ensure these reforms and promises are delivered and that the impact of CSG on farmers, water and natural areas are addressed. If you’d like to support the continuing CSG campaign please donate here: www.getup.org.au/chip-in

Again, congratulations on what is your significant achievement.
Paul for the GetUp team.

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19th February 2013