Equal Love Rally and Mass Illegal Wedding - Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, 26. August 2017

This August marks thirteen years since the Marriage Act was amended to restrict marriage rights to ************ couples.

Every August since, marriage equality activists have rallied to mark this anniversary and to take a stand for LGBTI equality. In Melbourne the occasion is traditionally marked by a mass illegal wedding in defiance of the discriminatory law. This year will be no exception.

Australia is one of the few remaining Western countries in which LGBTI are prohibited from marrying. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull refuses to risk his leadership by standing up to the right wing of his party on this important issue of civil rights and as a result the LNP are now forcing upon the Australian people a voluntary postal plebiscite.

Equal Love urges all our supporters to enrol to vote or update their details on the electoral role in preparation for the postal plebiscite. Every vote counts and an overwhelming support for Marriage Equality will illustrate how out of touch this Government really is.

We need as many people as we can out talking to people, and encouraging all to vote 'YES'.
What you can do right now:
- REGISTER or UPDATE your details on the AEC page http://www.aec.gov.au/enrol/
Make sure all supporters of Marriage Equality are REGISTERED!
While we thoroughly oppose the plebiscite, and support those currently challenging it in court, we need to be prepared for it happening. And happening soon. We can't afford to assist the 'no' campaign by boycotting or sitting on our hands hoping it won't happen.


*** AT THE RALLY ***
Couples who would like to make a public declaration of their commitment are welcome to take part in the mass illegal wedding, to be held at the conclusion of the march. Equal Love will be issuing marriage certificates to all couples who decide to mark this occasion by becoming illegally wed.

Also, creative placards will be in the running to win an Equal Love prize pack including our new 'Let Us Put A Ring On IT' T-shirt.

Rain, hail or shine we call on you to unite with us in support of equality. Let’s keep up the fight to demand all people are treated equally under the law, and that regardless of gender, ALL people have access to the same opportunities and legal recognition of their relationships.

Guest speakers will be announced closer to the date.

If you are willing or able to help Equal Love get the word out or you are able to help crowd marshal on the day, please let us know via our Facebook page.

Lastly, we really appreciate any donation that can be made to help us cover rally costs. Please find details on our page here: https://equallove.info/donate/

Look forward to seeing you on the 26th,
Equal Love Melbourne

Saturday, 26. August 2017, Australia, Equal Love Rally and Mass Illegal Wedding - Melbourne

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