Sydney: Thousands of people are gathering across Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane today to rally for marriage equality ahead of the federal election. Meanwhile they said whichever party wins a July 2 national election to quickly introduce same-sex marriage laws. The rallies by non-profit organisation Equal Love began at 1pm on Saturday at the steps of Sydney’s Town Hall and Melbourne’s State Library calling for an end to discrimination of LGBTIQ people and their relationships.
Many participants of the rally could be seen draped with rainbow flags and holding placards which read: “Queer pride saves lives.” Organisers of the rally are gathering support for the Labor party saying that “we are sick of our rights being swept under the carpet, to be dealt with at another time…we are totally sick of these excuses and talk of plebiscite delays”. “It’s about something very simple — love is love, fair is fair, and equality is not negotiable,” said premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews who addressed the crowds.
The Turnbull government has promised to hold a plebiscite on the issue of same-sex marriage if re-elected. But according to recent reports by the ABC, MPs will still be able to vote against same-sex marriage regardless of the results of the plebiscite. A Canberra rally for marriage equality will take place at Petrie Plaza on Sunday at 1pm. Australia has seen a revolving door of political leadership in recent years. If Turnbull loses on July 2, the change in prime minister would be the fifth since 2010.