Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Support the same-sex marriage day of action 14 August 2010

[The media release below is from Equal Love: www.equallovewa.info]

Activists, policy makers and community members to rally for
Equality on Anniversary of Same-Sex Marriage Ban.
1pm, August 14th Forrest Place, Perth CBD.

On August 14th, Equal Love WA (formerly known as Families for Freedom) will host an event in Forrest Place in the Perth CBD to protest against discrimination and to show their support for Equal Rights for same-sex and gender-diverse couples.  The event will fall one day after the sixth year anniversary of the passage of the ban on same-sex marriage, and will be the third event organised this year by Equal Love as a part of the 2010 National Year of Action for Marriage Equality.

In 2003, Australia took a decisive step backwards when the then Howard Government (supported by the Labor party) amended the 1961 Marriage Act to redefine marriage as ‘existing solely between one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.’ As a result, Australia is currently falling far behind other countries in terms of marriage equality for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, Transsexual and Intersexed people – with Spain, Portugal, Canada, South Africa and the Netherlands to name a few.

The event will feature speeches from prominent community members and advocates for the rights of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered and Intersex people including Greens Senator Rachel Siewert, celebrated Perth lawyer Patti Chong, Representatives from the Australian Sex Party and Gay and Lesbian Equality Co-Convenor Shane Cucow.  Perth drag sensation Swish Eveready and  community Choir the Gay and Lesbian Singers will be providing the entertainment for the day before a procession through the Perth CBD.
The rally will be appropriate for families and small children and will be accessible by wheelchair. All are welcome to attend and encouraged to bring balloons and wear bright colours.

For more information, visit www.equallovewa.info or email equallovewa@gmail.com
Media Contact: Kitty Hawkins – 0414846153