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The StreetWise Show footage of Equal Love Rally August 2015

 Photos by Mitch Beanland.

 

 

     Photos by Ross Spirou

 

 

Abbott says: Party members won’t have a free vote
 

We say: Liberals and Nationals who support equality should cross the floor for marriage equality.

 

After a 6 hour long meeting with the Liberals and National party members the outcome on whether members are allowed a conscience vote on the issue of marriage equality lost 66-33.
 

Abbott also said in a press conference post the meeting that if re-elected, the next Coalition government would put the issue to the people in a plebiscite or a conscience vote.
 

Ali Hogg Equal Love convener responds

“We know what the people think about this and we don’t need a plebiscite or a conscience vote. Poll after poll shows the majority of people support equality at 72% in favour”

“Abbott is trying to stifle the issue and it’s time we ramp up the pressure on Abbott and his supporters. People are rightfully angry about this decision to stifle equality and we need to express our anger on the streets. We call on all supporters of equality to come out this Saturday and let their voices be heard that we want equality now!”
 

Tens of thousands are expected to rally in Melbourne is on Saturday 15 August 1pm at the State Library.
 

Speakers include:

LGBTI Rights Activist and Author, Professor Dennis Altman,

Adam Bandt, Greens Member for Melbourne,

Mark Dreyfus, ALP Member for Isaacs,

Rowena Allen, Vic Gender & Sexuality Commissioner,

Luke Hilikari, Victorian Trades Hall Secretary

amongst others.
 

The rally will march to The Old Treasury Building for a mass wedding ceremony conducted by celebrant and The Australian Equality party's Senate candidate Jason Tuazon-McCheyne.

 

 


1. Eleven years of discrimination is too many; marriage is a civil right.

2. The US and Ireland have joined another 19 countries to have extended marriage rights to all; Australia lags behind.

3. Politicians must be pressured to support public sentiment and vote "yes" to the Private Members Bill for marriage equality this August.

4. Send a strong message to Abbott: stop standing in the way of equality.

5. Show anti-LGBTI groups that public opinion favours equality over discrimination.

1PM, SATURDAY 15 AUGUST, VICTORIAN STATE LIBRARY

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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Elliot Downes. Photo: Provided

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Chantoozies. Photo: Daily Telegraph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MaRz Cooper. Photo: provided

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