Parties sign gay rights pledge

The Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group (TGLRG) organised political candidates to publicly sign a pledge stating their party would not use election material that incited hatred or ridicule against people based on their sexuality or gender.

The pledge signing took place at Salamanca markets in Hobart on July 31 and was signed by the Socialist Alliance, Greens, Democrats and Labor candidates and independent candidate Andrew Wilkie.

Disappointingly, the Liberals refused to sign the pledge, despite repeated requests from the TGLRG. The pledge was initiated after the Liberals used homophobic statements in past election campaigns.