Saturday 12 May 2012


Equal Love was thrilled to see 4,000 people come out on the streets to demand equality today.

Equal Love convenor Ali Hogg said:

“We have been organising these rallies for 8 years and it’s great to see that people are still as passionate as ever! It has become an embarrassment that our Prime Minister, who is supposed to be the leader of the more progressive party, still holds  such a discriminatory position against marriage equality. It sends a message to LGBTI people that they are worth less, and that’s not on!”

The rally led by campaign group Equal Love marched through the streets of Melbourne chanting “What do we want? Marriage Equality! When do we want it? NOW!”

There was no shortage of outspoken celebrities prepared to show their support.

Amongst the speakers at the rally were Greens MP for Melbourne, Adam Bandt; half-brother of Bob Katter, Carl Katter; Channel Ten’s, Charlie Pickering; stand up comedian, Tommy Little. The crowd went absolutely wild to hear much loved Magda Szubanski who send a message from her mother “All Power to you!”.

A common theme of the speakers was that it’s great that Obama has come out in support of marriage equality but it’s about time that Julia Gillard got with the program to follow suit.

Equal Love are planning another demonstration for August 11, marking the 8 year anniversary since the Howard government change the marriage act to be solely between a man and a woman. Equal Love will hold a mid-winter vows marriage ceremony for all of those who have a desire to wed their loved ones but aren’t permitted to by law.

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