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ousands took to the streets in Equal Love rallies
around Australia on August 14, the sixth anniversary
of the change to the Marriage Act to be exclusively
between a man and a woman.
In Melbourne, politicians from the Labor Party
and Greens joined gay activists and celebrity lesbian
Ruby Rose on stage for rousing pre-election speech-
"It's 2010 guys," said Rose. "When is the govern-
ment going to start listening and realise that we
should be allowed to get married just like anybody
else? It's really not a big deal. It's not just about the law,
it's about letting us love."
Rally attendees carrying banners, chanting and
holding hands, marched to the Victorian Registry of
Births, Deaths and Marriages and held an illegal mass
wedding in protest of current laws and the refusal
of the Gillard government to consider changing the
Adam Bandt, Greens candidate for the marginal
seat of Melbourne, promised his party would con-
tinue to introduce legislation, such as their Marriage
Equality bill, to allow same-sex marriage.
"We will keep doing it until the laws of this coun-
try recognise the very basic principles: and that is that
love is love. And love makes a family," he said to thun-
A giant gurine of Julia Gillard joined the march-
ers to the steps of the registry building. ere, lesbian
celebrant and broadcaster Jenny O'Keefe presided
over the mass Midwinter vows where scores of cou-
ples repeated vows.
ACROSS THE NATION
AND IN OTHER NEWS...
Letters / Local & Global / Gossip
e ban on gay marriage in Cali-
fornia known as Proposition 8
has been overturned, but is still in
place until anti-gay groups appeal.
Californians were allowed to
marry for ve months until No-
vember 2008, when Proposition
8 was publicly voted in with a ma-
jority of 52 per cent. But US Dis-
trict Chief Judge Vaughn Walker
has ruled Proposition 8 violated
the constitution by denying the
LGBT community equal rights.
Opponents of Prop 8 argued it
created two di erent classes of citi-
zens while supporters said limiting
marriage to hetero couples was in
the public interest because it was
essential to human sur vival.
However, gay couples may not
legally marry straight away. Walker
issued a temporary stay on the rul-
ing while the appeals process con-
tinues. California Governor Ar-
nold Schwarzenegger welcomed
Judge Walker's decision to over-
turn Prop 8. "For the hundreds of
thousands of Californians in gay
and lesbian households who are
managing their day-to-day lives,
this decision a rms the full legal
protections and safeguards I be-
lieve everyone deser ves," he said.
Portia de Rossi and Ellen
DeGeneres are just one of many
same-sex couples who took advan-
tage of the marriage laws and ex-
changed vows in 2008. Although
the legality of their union hangs
in the balance, Portia has also re-
cently decided to legally change
her name to DeGeneres.
The lesbian community has again been let down by gay
federal minister Penny Wong after she refused to deviate
from the Labor party line that marriage is for a man and a
woman. Wong said on ABC TV's Q&A that, as a gay Asian
woman, she understood the frustration of minority groups
but refused to personally endorse a conscience vote on
gay marriage once the Greens reintroduce their Marriage
Addressing the audience, she said: "I accept that you
and some other people in the community would like us to
have a different position in terms of marriage. That isn't the
position of the party."
Just a week later, the Gillard government told gay
groups it would not remove the ban on issuing Australians
in same-sex relationships with Certi cates of Non-
Impediment to Marriage or CNIs. These documents are
required for Aussies to marry legally overseas. The ban has
been in place since 2005 but last year's Senate inquiry into
marriage equality recommended lifting it.
Betrayed by Penny, again
Does my bum look big in this?
Spencer Tunick's Mardi Gras photographic portrait of
5000 naked people on the steps of the Sydney Opera
House has been revealed.
'The Base' was an art installation by the man most
well known for his penchant for photographing nudes
en masse. Those involved formed a "base" of naked
skin on the steps of the iconic Sydney building in March
during this year's Mardi Gras Festival.
Tunick thanked all those who got their kit off. "I hope the
work and the art-action highlighted the city's acceptance
and pride in its gay and lesbian community," he said.
All participants will receive a limited edition print
of the photo.
Girls rally up and get hitched
Caution on Prop 8 victory
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