Subsection 5(1) of the Australian Marriage Act 1961 defines marriage as ‘...the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.’ In these nineteen words, Australian law promotes inequality, marginalises and discriminates against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) Australians. Same sex marriage, the celebration and recognition of love and commitment by members of the same gender, is outlawed by the Australian Government in the grotesquely out-dated Marriage Act 1961.
Same sex marriage
Leading up to the rally planned for Saturday 13 August marking the 7th anniversary of the re-writing of the Marriage Act to exclude same-sex couples, Equal Love held a mid-week 'Wedding Rehearsal' in the Bourke Street Mall today, Wednesday.
About 400 people attended a rally for same sex marriage in Brisbane's Queens park on Saturday March 19th as part of a National Day of Action. Braving the wet weather conditions the rally marched and chanted calling for equality for all Australians regardless of their sexuality.
Shelly Argent: PFLAG Spokesperson and Senior Australian of the Year
Hannah Gadsby: Comedian
Tom Ballard: Triple J Presenter and one of SameSame's 25 most influential Gays and Lesbians
Andrew Dettmer: President of QLD Labor Party
Linda Hibbert: Peer Mentor w/Open Doors and Trans Activist