Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Perth rallies for equal marriage rights

Hundreds of people marched through the streets of Perth calling for equal marriage rights on May 11, 2013.

The rally began with Notre Dame students Chris Jenkins and Alex Kemp explaining that the university administration had been trying to frustrate student right to organise. Especially the administration was opposed to students promoting the equal marriage rally which they claimed was against "Catholic social teaching" despite a majority of Catholics supporting equal marriage rights.

Other speakers included Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren, Labor senator Louise Pratt, and MUA member 'Jammo' Jamieson.

The rally proceeded on a march through the city which involved a "sit down for marriage equality" and a number of people took the opportunity to put up stickers for equal marriage rights and to advertise the next rally on September 7.

Police had a non-existent presence throughout the action but showed up at the end to hassle people they accused of putting up stickers. Nobody was charged.