I went to see my local MP, who is Liberal-National party.

Prelude: I arranged a time when I thought they’d be asleep. I took the babies to the park for an hour or so beforehand, to tire them out. We were all in our best pollie-visiting gear. Of course they got filthy and I ended up with avocado smears on the back of my shirt. Then I was running late, after timing it all so well, because I thought I’d do just one more- then one more – then just one more lap of the car park to try and get baby boy to sleep. Baby girl sleeping right on cue, but no, baby boy wanted to visit the pollie. So off we all went.  Baby boy was charming, in the end, sitting at the meeting table and driving his car back and forth across the table top. My inner homophobe was glad that he picked today to be one of his “car” days and not one of his “wearing necklaces and saying ‘OH NO!’ in a highly camp voice” days.

My MP was very polite, formal but essentially supportive – says he has lesbian  mum friends – says it’s not his job to dictate morals and he is  interested in looking after the rights of the children and as far as he  can see, the rights of the children are best protected by having both  parents recognised. Of course he doesn’t know whether LNP will be a  binding vote, but he reckons it would be “highly unusual” for the LNP to  have a binding vote if the ALP is given a conscience vote.

I think it’s really important to make sure we get around to as many of  the “moderate” libs as we can (again, I wouldn’t waste any time on the  religious freaks).

Does anyone else know of anyone else who is visiting a pollie? How can  we encourage this to happen?

I took 4 documents with me:
– The Action Reform Change Qld (ARCQ) position paper
Summary of the research
Myths about gay & lesbian parenting
– “Meet the families” – some real life stories about how the laws  currently affect our families.

(I’m after somone to snazz up the design of these, if you are handy with desktop publishing. They look very amateurish)

Email me on mikhela_lee@yahoo.com.au if you’d like a copy. Also check out the section on approaching your member of parliament in our resources page.