Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Equal Marriage Rights: Rally Sat 12 May; Seminar Sat 19 May

The campaign for Equal Marriage Rights is making major strides forward around the country.

Veteran gay rights campaigner Rodney Croome writing in the latest Green Left Weekly points out that public support for equal marriage rights is reaching new highs:

On April 13, the Senate marriage equality inquiry announced it had received 75,000 submissions with 44,000 or almost 60% in favour.

As if to confirm this wasn’t a fluke, figures for the House of Representatives inquiry were released ten days later: 277,000 survey forms were sent in with 177,000, or 64%, in favour.

To put this in perspective, the next largest parliamentary inquiry on any other issue was about the 1997 Northern Territory euthanasia bill. It received 12,500 submissions. The 2009 climate change inquiry received 8000 and the Sydney airport noise inquiry 5000.

It is worth reading the whole article for an inspiring and informative update on the campaign.

Most importantly though, people need to come along to the rally on this coming Saturday to support the campaign. Repeated mobilisations on the streets are the best way to ensure that this campaign can be driven home to victory.

Rally details:
1pm, Sat 12 May 2012
Stirling Gardens (also known frequently as "Supreme Court Gardens")
cnr Barrack St & St Georges Terrace, Perth City
Organised by Equal Love

(Also on Saturday: the rally will be preceded by an Occupy Perth action and later in the evening there will be the important Green Left Weekly May Day Celebration.)

Then, next week, Socialist Alliance and Resistance are hosting an education seminar on:

The Road to Rainbow Liberation
3pm, Sat 19 May
Perth Activist Centre
15/5 Aberdeen St, Perth (next to McIver station)

Guest speaker will be long time Equal Marriage rights campaigner Farida Iqbal.