This August marks thirteen years since the Marriage Act was amended to restrict marriage rights to heterosexual couples.
Every August since, marriage equality activists have rallied to mark this anniversary and to take a stand for LGBTI equality. In Melbourne the occasion is traditionally marked by a mass illegal wedding in defiance of the discriminatory law. This year will be no exception.
Australia is one of the few remaining Western countries in which LGBTI are prohibited from marrying. While even some in the conservative Liberal government recognise this as the disgrace that it is, we still are no closer to achieving equality. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull refuses to risk his leadership by standing up to the right wing of his party on this important issue of civil rights, despite the majority of both houses of parliament supporting reform.
Join thousands of other equality supporters this August as we send a message that this is simply not good enough and that we want marriage equality now.
Couples who would like to make a public declaration of their commitment are welcome to take part in the mass illegal wedding, to be held at the conclusion of the march. Equal Love will be issuing marriage certificates to all couples who decide to mark this occasion by becoming illegally wed.
Also, creative placards will be in the running to win an Equal Love prize pack including our new 'Let Us Put A Ring On IT' T-shirt.
Rain, hail or shine we call on you to unite with us in support of equality. Let’s keep up the fight to demand all people are treated equally under the law, and that regardless of gender, ALL people have access to the same opportunities and legal recognition of their relationships.
Guest speakers will be announced closer to the date.
If you are willing or able to help Equal Love get the word out or you are able to help crowd marshal on the day, please let us know via our Facebook page.
Lastly, we really appreciate any donation that can be made to help us cover rally costs.
Look forward to seeing you on the 26th,
Equal Love Melbourne
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