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 Equal Love is a nationwide campaign for marriage equality in Australia. We aim to put pressure on the government to legislate for equal ....

Equal Love 2016 pre-election rally. Footage by Pat Cotter Films

Tamil Press Office Australia footage of Melbourne Rally August 2015

Magda Szubanksi delivers a moving speech in front of thousands at Equal Love rally

 

 

The political wrangling around marriage equality has descended into a farce. In their desperation to hold back the inevitable, the right wing of the Liberal Party are clinging on to their plebiscite proposal despite overwhelming opposition. The vast majority of the Australian electorate is in favour of marriage equality and of parliament acting to bring it about immediately.

Equal Love convener Ali Hogg:

"LGBTI people are tired of waiting and having their rights used as a political football by those attempting to stymie change. Turnbull is responsible for this appalling situation, as he refuses to stand up to Cory Bernardi and his ilk. The opposition has a mandate to push the government for a parliamentary vote and to block a plebiscite, and Equal Love supports their efforts in this regard.

We are demanding the government accept the inevitable and allow a parliamentary free vote immediately. Marriage equality could be a reality in a matter of weeks if Turnbull allows this to happen. This issue should be resolved without delay. Every day that Turnbull holds out is an insult to LGBTI people and to all supporters of human rights."

Thousands are expected to rally in Melbourne on Saturday 8 October to demand:

- no to the plebiscite

- immediate parliamentary vote on marriage equality

- free vote for all MPs now

 

 Please click attending on facebook here.

Details:
Time: 1pm
Date: Saturday 8 October
Place: State Library of Victoria

*Photo credit to Andrew McMaster

Malcolm Turnbull has scraped back into office after suffering one of the biggest swings against a first-term government in Australian history. This was a rejection, not an endorsement, of the Abbott-Turnbull Liberal agenda, including the proposed plebiscite on marriage equality, which is nothing but a tactic to delay the granting of equal rights to LGBTI people.

Equal Love spokesperson Ali Hogg said:

“A majority of Australians support marriage equality, as do a majority of parliamentarians. The Liberal Party’s proposed non-binding, expensive plebiscite is simply a stalling tactic, a last-ditch effort to delay equal marriage rights. 

“Turnbull, a supposed supporter of equality, should listen to public opinion and ensure marriage equality is granted via a parliamentary vote without delay.

“Equal Love demands that the stalling and delaying end. LGBTI people should not have to wait any longer to have their rights recognised.”



PM Malcolm Turnbull has decided to reject our elected members of Parliament (he wasn't getting his way!) and has disolved both houses of the Australian Parliament. Forcing us all to head to the polls for a July 2 election and we are going to make sure that Marriage Equality is the winner out of this election.


Join thousands of Marriage Equality supporters and rally with us on Saturday June 25 and demand an end to this on going discrimination of LGBTIQ people and their relationships.

We are sick of our rights being swept under the carpet, to be dealt with at another time, there are so many other more pressing issues at the moment.....We are Totally Sick of these excuses and talk of plebsiscite delays. Enough is Enough.  

If you want to send a message to all politicians that we aren't going away until we have equality in law, come out and join us in this pre election rally for marriage equality.

CLICK ATTENDING ON FACEBOOK

Download Coloured poster here

 

Details: Saturday June 25, 2016

1pm State Library of Victoria.


 

Equal Love, along with many others, are appalled by the Government's 'review' of the program brought on by its own members and the Australian Christian Lobby, with the aim of shutting down access to the program.

The Safe Schools program addresses issues of bullying and vilification, and promotes acceptance of those who otherwise would struggle to gain access to the necessary information and support. These young people may be confused with or questioning their sexuality, they may have struggled with their own gender identity, they may have been a victim of bullying, in any case, these are our communities most vulnerable people and we MUST stand up for them and fight for the continuation of, and indeed increased funding for a 'life changing' and most importantly 'life saving' program.

So many people from our community would still be with us today had the Safe Schools program been available 10, 20 and even 30 years ago. It is saving young lives.

We can't go back to how things were when the system turned a blind eye to those of us that are 'different'. When the needs of our most vulnerable were not included in curriculum and a time when teachers were unable to gain access and support for them to work with students who fell into a minority.

Following the LGBTIQ Community Response held at Trades Hall on Wed 2 March we announce that the 1st rally in solidarity with Safe Schools Coalition and the many schools, students, families, community groups and organisations that value this progarm and to demand the Government back off on it's attack of the program.

#HANDSOFFSAFESCHOOLS

This rally we will hear from members directly affected by the work of Safe Schools, teachers, students, parents and advocates.

If you have a story that you would like to share get in touch with us at equalloveaustralia@gmail.com

DETAILS:
4:30pm - Rainbow Chalking (Swanston / Bourke)
5:30pm - Rally commences (Vic State Library, Swanston st)

 

FACEBOOK EVENT HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/217029728651164/

Hope to see you there with all your energy to fight against the right wing conservatives and it's ally The Australian Christian Lobby.

Simple request, plesse do NOT LITTER at the Library. They have been so accomodating over many years in facilitating rallies and on this occassion have moved an event planned to start at 4pm on the forecourt to 7pm. Allowing us to have the rally there. They ask that we do not litter and PLEASE do not deface the building as they hope they can run their event straight after ours without delays of cleaning etc.

Thanks supporters, xx

Equal Love is very proud to announce that we will be leading the 2016

Pride march along with Australian Marriage Equality.


We are delighted that  equality will be the major theme for the event. 

It will be an excellent opportunity to keep the pressure on the federal

government to make marriage equality happen in 2016.


We are inviting all Equal Love supporters to help us lead the march

this Sunday. We want as big a contingent as possible to send a

message to Canberra that equality matters.


All Equal Love supporters are encouraged to join our contingent for 

this once in a lifetime opportunity. 


We will be assembling from 12 noon this Sunday in the park on the corner of

Lakeside Drive and Fitzroy St, St Kilda. Wear red or white and bring placards, 

flags and friends. 


Look forward to seeing you all there!

From the Equal Love team.

 

 

 

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