Australian Marriage Equality (AME) is an advocacy group made up of volunteers who have come together to pursue the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia. AME partner with a diverse range of organisations and supporters across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex LGBTIQ couples from marriage in Australia.〔(【引用サイトリンク】title=Australian Marriage Equality - About )〕 It is the pre-eminent group campaigning for same-sex marriage in Australia.
AME was founded in 2004 prior to the Federal Parliament's passage of a bill amending the ''Marriage Act 1961'' to rule out the legal recognition of marriages between same-sex couples.
The co-founders and first national co-conveners of AME were Luke Gahan and Geraldine Donoghue. Luke, grandson of the former Mayor of Prahran George Gahan, had been a member of the Australian Labor Party and Treasurer of the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby.〔(【引用サイトリンク】title=New Committee to Continue the fight for gay and lesbian rights )〕 In a 2011 published book called ('Speak Now' ) Luke Gahan spoke openly about being the youngest 'gay married' Australian, and subsequently Australia's first 'gay divorcee'. Luke Gahan is now a Sociologist based at Melbourne's La Trobe University where he was one of the authors of ("Writing Themselves in 3" ), the third national study on the sexual health and wellbeing of same sex attracted and gender questioning young people.〔(【引用サイトリンク】title=Staff Profile Luke Gahan )〕
The second national Convener of AME was Peter Furness. Furness was a former South Sydney Councillor for the Australian Democrats
The third national Convener of AME was Sharon Dane. Sharon is a social psychologist and an Adjunct Fellow of the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland.〔(【引用サイトリンク】title=Staff Profile Sharon Dane )〕 Sharon Dane was the lead author of (Not So Private Lives ), which was the first national study to examine same-sex Australians' preferences for relationship recognition, since the introduction of de facto status for same-sex couples at a federal level. She presented findings from this research at the hearing of the Senate Inquiry into the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2009.〔().〕 Sharon Dane married her partner Elaine Crump in Toronto, Canada on 23 July 2008.
The fourth national spokesperson was Alex Greenwich. Greenwich is the son of Mr Victor Greenwich, Head of the Georgian Consular General in Sydney.〔http://www.embassypages.com/missions/embassy17011/〕 In 2012 Greenwich married his German partner Victor Hoeld in Argentina. Alex Greenwich was an unsuccessful candidate for the 2012 City of Sydney Council election when the voters of Sydney rejected the marriage equality candidates bid for office. Following his loss at the City of Sydney elections, Alex Greenwich was endorsed by the outgoing New South Wales state member of Parliament Clover Moore MLA to run for the seat of Sydney in a by-election in 2012.
In September 2012 after the failure of several same-sex marriage bills in his time as convenor, Alex Greenwich stood down as national convenor and switched his focus to running as an Independent for the New South Wales state parliament. In October 2012 Alex Greenwich became the first same-sex married man in an Australian Parliament after winning the Sydney by-election.
The current national Convener is Rodney Croome from Tasmania.〔
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