Thousands of LBGTQIA people and allies have taken to the streets in Melbourne today in what organisers say was Australia‘s biggest ever same sex marriage rally.
Equal Love has been campaigning for marriage equality since 2004, and today more than 20,000 people showed up to demonstrate their support, with glitter, incredible outfits, rousing speeches and a whole lot of fierce determination to see this postal vote knocked on its arse with an overwhelming YES.
Did we mention some fantastic signs? Oh yes, there were some fantastic signs.
Speakers at the rally, which took participants down La Trobe, Elizabeth, Bourke Street Mall and Swanston streets in the CBD, included comedian Joel Creasey, Victorian Equality Minister Martin Foley, ACTU secretary Sally McManus, Greens Senator Janet Rice, and Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus.
“We are going to fight and we are going to win,” Rice told the crowd to cheers of approval.
Participants also staged a mass illegal wedding that saw a bunch of same-sex couples exchange rings and vows in protest.
Give the people what they want, Turnbull. We’ve heard the only thing that happens if you let the gays marry is a bunch of wonderful gay weddings. Lord knows we need some things worth looking forward to these days.
Breaking: just learnt from a friend in NZ that the consequence of #marriageequality was happy people got married in NZ and everyone moved on— Alex Greenwich MP (@AlexGreenwich) August 26, 2017
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