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Yes Yes Yes: Australia's Journey to Marriage Equality
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Shirleene Robinson Alex Greenwich
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Yes Yes Yes: Australia's Journey to Marriage Equality

Shirleene Robinson Alex Greenwich


New South Books

Social discrimination;
Political activism;
Dating, relationships, living together & marriage


336 pages

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A compelling, moving account of the long journey to marriage equality in Australia.

Yes Yes Yes, written by two advocates intimately involved in the struggle for marriage equality, reveals the untold story of how a grassroots movement won hearts and minds and transformed a country. From its tentative origins in 2004, through to a groundswell of public support, everyday people contributed so much to see marriage equality become law.

The book captures the passion that propelled the movement forward, weaving together stories of heartbreak, hope and triumph. It is based on personal memories and more than forty interviews with key figures and everyday advocates from across Australia. It covers the movement’s origins in 2004, when the Marriage Act of 1961 was amended to exclude same-sex couples, through to the unsuccessful High Court challenge, a public vote in 2017 and the Parliamentary aftermath. It reminds us that social change is possible and that love is love.

By:   Shirleene Robinson, Alex Greenwich
Imprint:   New South Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 135mm, 
ISBN:   9781742235998
ISBN 10:   1742235999
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   November 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Alex Greenwich was a co-chair of the successful YES campaign that delivered marriage equality in 2017, a movement he helped lead for over a decade with Australian Marriage Equality. Alex is also the Independent Member for Sydney in the New South Wales Parliament. Shirleene Robinson is the Director, national spokesperson and NSW co-coordinator for the YES campaign with Australian Marriage Equality and has served in a number of other roles including President of Sydney's Pride History Group. She is a historian at Macquarie University and is the co-author of the forthcoming book on LGBTI in the military, Serving in Silence?

`A wonderful record of a huge and heart-warming moment in Australia's history.'- Magda Szubanski `Winning the freedom to marry and changing hearts and minds - and the law - is never easy, even in a progressive democracy like Australia. By sharing the ins and outs and behind the scene stories from Australia`s long and dramatic journey to marriage equality, Alex Greenwich and Shirleene Robinson offer valuable inspiration and instruction to all those heroes working tirelessly across the world to gain much-needed human rights wins and turn NOs into overwhelming and vitally important declarations of YES YES YES in support of equality!' - Evan Wolfson, Founder, Freedom to Marry, USA

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