Australia Rallies For Same-Sex Marriage.
Ahead of the reintroduction of a bill to legalise same-sex marriage, thousands have come together in support of marriage equality over the weekend across Australia.
Efforts to campaign for a change to the current amendment of the Marriage Act saw the closure of streets in the centre of Sydney on Sunday, as an estimated 4000 people turned up to Town Hall to rally against Australia’s socially-regressive marriage laws.
The crowds were adorned with rainbow colours, and many waved rainbow-clad flags and placards with messages such as ‘Equal Marriage Rights Now’, and ‘Love is Love’.
The rally began with energetic and passionate speeches from a number of speakers at Town Hall. These included representatives of the Greens, activist group GetUp, the Maritime Union of Australia and the organisers of the rally, Community Action Against Homophobia.
Aunty Jenny, a speaker for the Cadigal people, acknowledged the traditional owners of the land in which the rally took place and affirmed the support of her people to the crowds.
Sydney’s rally saw part of George Street closed in order to allow the rainbow mass to successfully march from the CBD to Oxford Street in Darlinghurst, a prominent LGBT community. Many hope that the rallies across Australia have a stronger effect than they have previously had in the past.
The pressure on the government has escalated with the reintroduction of the bill on Tuesday. In conjunction to this, celebrity-supported marriage equality TVC’s will go to air today calling for the legalisation of same-sex marriages. Hashtags such as #WeCanDoThis are supporting the movement via social media.
The marriage equality debate has taken the media by storm in recent weeks, with networks such as Channel Nine and Foxtel showing anti-marriage equality ads. But with rallies such as this occurring in Sydney, as well as cities like Brisbane and Hobart, which amassed crowds of 5000 and 1,200 respectively, it is apparent that demonstrations of this nature will not end unless things change.