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Michael Ross sings 'Equal Love' at Melbourne Marriage Equality Rally

Images Video of Melbourne Rally by Michael Barnett

Melbourne Rally for Marriage Equality [May 2012] By TSCHITCHAT

ALP must adopt a binding vote on marriage equality

 
Marriage equality supporters are coming from around the country to rally outside the ALP National Conference this Saturday. Frustrated by the slow pace of change, protesters will be calling on the party to adopt a binding vote on marriage equality.
 
Convener of Equal Love Victoria, Ali Hogg: 
 
“It’s time for Labor to get serious about equal rights and adopt a binding vote. It’s an insult to LGBTI people that our rights are an optional extra for Labor politicians, while they are expected to vote in line with party policy in all other areas.”
 
In relation to international developments, Hogg continues:
 
“The recent victories in Ireland and the US just highlight how behind Australia is on this issue. We know Abbott is hostile to LGBTI rights, and it certainly doesn’t help that the Labor party is also seen to be dragging 
Marriage equality supporters will be gathering from 1pm to demonstrate to attending politicians and party faithful that there is overwhelming public support for equality, and that civil rights are not a matter of conscience but one of principle.
 
1pm, Saturday July 25
South Warf Promenade outside doors 6 & 7 of the Melbourne Convention Centre

 

 

On Friday June 26, Marriage equality became legal in all states of America disallowing any state to discriminate when it comes to marriage on the basis of someone's sexual preference or gender.

This is a historical moment for America and is a further boost for the international campaign for marriage equality. America is now the 21st country to allow marriage equality.

 

This puts a dark cloud over Australia and shows our government is lagging well behind when it comes to overturning the discriminatory law. With a conservative government we can not expect that marriage equality will become a reality in Australia without a fight. We encourage all supporters of equality to get on board the campaign so we can pressure the politicians to grant equal rights in Australia.

 

We call on all sides of political parties to vote for equality this year. Equal Love are calling for the ALP to vote according to their party position, which is to support marriage equality, and if the Liberal party won’t allow a free vote we expect Liberal politicians to cross the floor.

 

Convener of Equal Love Victoria, Ali Hogg, says

 

“We have seen state sanctioned discrimination too long in this country and America has just become the 21st country to put Australia to shame. The conservatives in government need to pull themselves out of the dark ages. The majority of Australians support equal rights and it’s about time the politicians came to the party and grant equal rights”

 

Equal Love call on people to support our 2 upcoming rallies.

 

Rally outside ALP National Conference.

This rally is to encourage ALP members to have a binding vote to sure up their support for marriage equality.

July 25, 1pm Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

 

Equal Love rally and Mid Winter Vows

August marks the 11 year anniversary of the ban on equal marriage rights in Australia.

August 15, 1pm State Library of Victoria.

 

On May 17, people around the world will mark IDAHOBIT. The aim of the day is draw attention to the many ways in which sexual and gender diverse people are discriminated against and marginalised.

 

Melbourne organiser and Equal Love convenor Ali Hogg:

 

“Australia is like anywhere else in the world - life can be very difficult for people who don't conform to stereotyped expectations about sexuality and gender. A key way in which such inequality is maintained and legitimised here is through the restriction of marriage rights to heterosexual couples only. On Sunday 17 May in Melbourne, thousands will rally to send a message to the government that this and all other discriminatory laws must be scrapped, and to add their voices to the calls for the ALP to adopt a binding vote on the issue at their upcoming National Conference. It will also draw attention to the array of issues, from formal discrimination to bigoted attitudes, that too frequently blight or destroy the lives of LGBTI people in Australia.”

 

The day will feature speakers, including former teacher and Safe Schools Coalition organizer Mel Gaylard, Transgender activist Elliot Downes and former Greens leader Christine Milne, as well as musical performances from 1980s pop-sensation The Chantoozies and queer performers Husni Thalib and MaRz Cooper.

 

The crowd will also record a message to Australian politicians in support of marriage equality which will be shared on social media.

 

The event will start at 1pm on Sunday 17 May outside the State Library of Victoria   

 

 

Christine Milne. Photo: Greens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 

 

 

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The Chantoozies. Photo: Daily Telegraph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MaRz Cooper. Photo: provided

Thanks to everybody who came and supported Equal Love at our stall at the Midsumma carnival on the weekend. Whether you grabbed a badge, tee or tote, made a donation or got your picture taken in our Equal Love wedding props it all contributed to helping show your support for marriage equality.

 Equal Love would also like to thank Wayne Morton who designed and painted the wedding props. If you would like to get designs of a similar sort done for your event contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We also look forward to seeing everyone at Pride march in St Kilda on Februaruary 1st. Everyone who supports equality is welcome (and encouraged) to march with us. Don't forget to grab a leaflet for our next rally which will be on Sunday May 17 to coincide with IDAHOBIT.

To see more pics from Equal Love's stall at Midsumma check out our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/EqualLove/

Equal Love would like to thank the following people for their donations which made our pozible campaign a success: Rebecca Leeks, Timothy Roberts, Deborah Clara Konopnicki and Amy, Amber, Gregory Storer, Paul Koala Bearmancat, Wendy Macafee, Jaffa Hargrove, Paul Roser, Amalia Chloe, and some very generous anonymous donors.

 If you missed out on the pozible campaign but would still like to donate, deposits can be made directly into our bank account: Equal Love BSB: 063 123 ACC: 1043 6080.

You can also show your support by buying one of our fantastic tote bags here:

 

Equal Love expect thousands to rally on Saturday 16 August in support of equal rights in relation to marriage.

Stars of upcoming SBS documentary Living with the Enemy: Same Sex Marriage will address crowd prior to a mass illegal wedding at Parliament reserve. Stars of the program Michael Barnett and Gregory Storer will feature in the controversial program which premieres at 8.30pm Wednesday, September 3 on SBS ONE

Gregory Storer:
"Having Michael as my husband is an important aspect of my life, it makes a public declaration about our love and our relationship, denying us that same right in Australia is inexplicable and inexcusable"

"Australia lags behind our neighbours, how easy to fly across the Tasman and get married, how disappointing to fly home and have that marriage ignored, it's an important life event and deserves the full recognition by our nation"

Michael Barnett:
"Going to NZ to marry Gregory was one of the most exhilarating and romantic experiences of my life.  We wanted to get married in Australia but we were denied that possibility by our government.  Hopefully our involvement in Living with the Enemy will help people realise that this injustice needs to be addressed urgently."

"I got married to Gregory because he asked me to marry him and because I love him deeply.  I want the law changed in Australia so people aren't forced to travel overseas to get married to the person they love.  I also want the law changed as it will help young people accept who they are and realise that it's wonderful to fall in love with someone special, irrespective of their gender or sexual orientation, and even more wonderful when they can celebrate that relationship in front of their friends and family and have it recognised on par with everyone else in the country"

The rally will march through the streets of Melbourne and will end at Parliament Reserve where Equal Love will hold a mass illegal wedding, where couples will be invited to defy the government's law and get married in a ceremony overseen by a supportive celebrant.

Rally details: August 16, 1pm State Library of Victoria
ending at Parliament reserve for Mid Winter Vows



 

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