Badges from the marriage equality campaign, Sydney, Australia, 2017

These badges were produced to advocate for the ‘Yes’ vote for the same-sex marriage postal survey in Australia in 2017.

In 2004 the Liberal Government under John Howard amended the Marriage Act to include the clause 5 (1): marriage means the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life in order to, in Howard’s words ?ensure that same sex couples ... will not be eligible as prospective adoptive parents under any multilateral or bilateral agreement...


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Physical Description

Circular shaped badges, one with an orange background, another with a green background, a third with a red background, and the fourth has a purple background. Each badge features a red, green, orange, blue, purple and white graphic design in the shape of the Australian continent, with the word 'Equality' across the centre, capitalised. A pin and fastener are attached to the reverse of each badge.



The badges were produced for Equality Campaign in 2017 for the 'Yes' campaign on the Australian postal survey on marriage equality.

The Equality Campaign is a registered charity and a joint initiative of Australian Marriage Equality and Australians for Equality which are both platforms for Independent Member of Parliament, Alex Greenwich (Member for Sydney).



The Equiality Campaign was established to visibly promote the 'Yes' vote for the Australian postal survey on marriage equality in 2017. The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences collected these badges to document this issue which is of major importance globally and nationally.


Credit Line

Purchased with funds from the MAAS Foundation, 2017

Acquisition Date

27 October 2017

Cite this Object


Badges from the marriage equality campaign, Sydney, Australia, 2017 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 November 2018, <>


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