Home' LOTL : April 12 Contents The journey so far.
Equal Love has been fighting for marriage equal-
ity since 2004, when the Howard government
chang ed the Marriage Act to define marriag e as
“ between a man and a woman to the exclusion of
all others .” O ver the last few years, we have started
putting both major parties under significant pres-
sure on the issue.
Our rallies have grown from a couple of hun-
dred to 10-15,000 at the national rally outside
the ALP national conference in December last
year. This reflects the over whelming and increas-
ing support that exists for equal rights, which has
even started to impact on politicians. An expand-
ing list of MPs have now pledged their support for
marriage equality, and the ALP last year voted to
chang e their platform to marriage equality. If we
keep fighting , we can have even more of an impact,
and potentially win!
Why it’s still important to show support at the rallies.
Histor y shows us that nothing is ever given
without a fight. If we want to see equal rights,
we have to keep fighting to win them. If people
had given up at the first hurdle in the 1960s, we
wouldn’t have the visibility and freedoms we have
today. So long as discrimination exists, we need to
take a stand against it, by hitting the streets and
sending a clear message to those in power that we
Why the push for marriage equality needs to be
The marriag e equality campaign has had a
significant impact already. In addition to the
gains already mentioned, there have been t wo
pro marriage equality senate enquiries and ce-
lebrities such as Magda Szubanski and David
Pocock publicly declaring their support and re-
ceiving an incredibly positive response. It can be
tempting to think that it is all up up and away
and we can win in no time. But the reality is that
we cannot rest on our laurels. A conscience vote
in parliament is unlikely to be in favour of mar-
riage equality. And the conser vative, homopho -
bic bigots certainly aren’t going to stand aside
and allow marriage equality to become a reality
without a fight. Just look at the right wing mo -
bilisation in the Queensland election campaign.
We cannot let the right wing homophobes dom-
inate the agenda . We need to escalate the fight, not
be complacent. The old union slogan is more rel-
evant to our struggle than ever: if you don’t fight
How to get involved.
If you want to find out about Equal Love rallies
and events visit the website.
The next rallies across Austra lia are scheduled
for May 12 in respective cities. Rallies will also take
place on the Saturday before any vote is taken on
the issue in parliament.
Find out more at equallove.info
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With more support for marriage equality in Australia than ever before
it is as vital as ever to maintain public opposition to the ban on
marriage equality in Australia today. Ali Hogg reports.
Inspired by the stories of couples who simply wanted
to be treated equally by the law, The Potential Wedding
Album includes photos from almost 450 couples and
hundreds of messages from supporters. The photos
illustrate the beauty and diversity of same-sex
couples, and show how wonderful marriage equality
in Australia could look.
The project website was launched in October 2010. To
ensure that the photos and stories of Australian same-
sex couples are seen and heard by parliamentarians,
printed volumes of The Potential Wedding Album
were produced - Volumes 1 & 2 were delivered to the
Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition and other
selected parliamentarians in late 2010, with Volume
3 following in 2011. A “South Australia” edition was
also published in 2011 to support a move by The
Greens to introduce same-sex marriage in that state.
Creator of The Potential Wedding Album, Tanya Smith,
said “Same-sex marriage shouldn’t even be argued
about - it is simply a matter of equality before the
law and fairness. But it is argued about and some
people seem focused on tradition and dictionaries,
so I wanted to find a way to humanise the issue.
What matters is that we’re talking about real people,
people who are discriminated against by the law and
hurt for no good reason. This problem can be fixed
very simply, and it should be fixed immediately. The
response to The Potential Wedding Album has been
very positive and with all the work that is being done
by many groups I am proud to make this contribution
to the fight for marriage equality in Australia.”
THE POTENTIAL WEDDING ALBUM
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