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Thousands marched in Melbourne today to protest against 8 years of state-sanctioned discrimination. Over 3,000 people from across Victoria mar....

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

Don't Miss Monique Brumby at the NDA on August 16th 2014

Melbourne Rally for Marriage Equality [2012 May 12] By TSCHITCHAT

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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



 

Aria Award winner Monique Brumby to perform at Melbourne rally.

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

 

Convenor Ali Hogg:

"This date has enormous significance for LGBTI people and the over 72 per cent of Australians who support equality. It will be the ten year anniversary of the Howard government amending the marriage act to exclude same sex couples and entrench homophobia in law. This is a human rights issue and we hope to send a strong message to the Abbott government that ten years is too long to deny LGBTI people basic rights and equality before the law."

 

Equal Love welcome the prospect of marriage equality laws being considered by Parliament later this year. Hogg:

 

"That Parliament may be voting on this issue later in the year is all the more reason for supporters of equality to hit the streets. We need to keep the pressure on all politicians to make sure they vote the right way."

 

Protesters will hear from a host of speakers, including the world's first intersex mayor Tony Briffa, as well as a musical performance from Aria award winner  Monique Brumby. Brumby is an outspoken supporter of marriage equality, stating in a recent interview with LOTL magazine:“The single 'Silent War' is a love song that happens to be about the union between two women. It reflects my views on the status of marriage equality in Australia, and that I would really like to see same sex couples recognised under the marriage act.”

 

The rally 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. Gay couple Michael Barnett and Gregory Storer, who are to feature on the SBS documentary Living with the Enemy, will also speak at the ceremony.

 

Rally details: August 16, 1pm State Library of Victoria

ending at Parliament reserve for Mid Winter Vows

 

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Today on IDAHOBIT( A day dedicated to fighting homophobia, transphobia, bi-phobia and intersexism) we saw a vibrant and colourful rally for equal rights, demanding the Abbott government repeal the discriminatory marriage act. Among the crowd, many were also angry at the government’s recent budget announcement which will see LGBTI people hard hit, especially the attacks on health care access and welfare support for young people, which will increase the LGBTI homeless and suicide rates.

 

Speakers at the rally included:

 

Equal Love convener ALI HOGG

ADAM BANDT (Greens MHR for Melbourne)

SALLY GOLDNER (Transgender Victoria)

ADAM BOTTOMLEY (Australian Services Union Delegate of the Year 2013)

NAOMI FARMER (National Union of Students Queer Officer)

Plus live music performances by ROSCO ELLIOT and the Gay and Lesbian Chorus who performed a lively original song entitled ‘Equality’ written especially for the campaign for equal marriage rights

 

 

Equal Love convenor Ali Hogg said:

“Today’s passionate rally showed that people are still angry that the government is maintaining this backward and discriminatory marriage ban. they are growing impatient because our cries are being ignored.

We expressed a clear and loud message to the Abbott government today that discrimination has got to end. This is an important civil rights struggle and we will continue the struggle until we reach full equality in Australia.”

 

Equal Love commit to continuing the fight and encourage all those who support equality to attend the mid winter vows on the ten year anniversary of the ban on equal marriage rights on the 16th August at 1pm at the State Library.

 

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