Published on June 26th, 2016 | by Kurtis Hughes1
Sydney Rallies for Marriage Equality Ahead of Federal Election
In preparation for the federal election on July 2nd, hundreds have come together in the grounds outside Town Hall in Sydney to rally for marriage equality, and to call for the highly divisive plebiscite to be dropped.
The impassioned efforts to change the current Marriage Act, which only allows man and woman to marry, saw the closure of many streets in the centre of Sydney as the crowd moved from Town Hall to Oxford Street in protest.
The crowd was decorated with rainbow colours and waved placards reading ‘Love is Love’ and ‘Safe Schools Now!’.
The rally began with impassioned speeches by a number of speakers on the back of a ute at Town Hall, which included Sally Rugg from GetUp!, Greens Candidate for Grayndler Jim Casey and Safe Schools founder Ros Ward.
A speaker for the Cadigal people acknowledged the traditional owners of the land in which the rally took place, reaffirming the support of their people to the cause.
Just as the speakers had started addressing the crowd, a group of around 50 protestors set up across the street to oppose the marriage equality rally. The crowd displayed the Australian Flag, and waved placards saying ‘Man + Woman = Marriage’ and ‘Say No To Safe Schools’. The opposition were quickly ignored and silenced by the participants of the marriage equality rally, which greatly outnumbered them
The rally also forced part of George Street closed to allow for the rainbow mass to travel safely from the CBD to Oxford Street in Darlinghurst, which is a prominent neighbourhood for the LGBTQ+ community. There is increased hopes that this rally will have a larger effect on parliamentary conversations than previous rallies have had.
Rallies such as this will no doubt increase pressure on the government a week out from the federal election. With rallies such as this occurring in cities like Brisbane and Melbourne as well, it is apparent that demonstrations of this nature will not end unless things change.