Chanting "Hey hey, ho ho, homophobia's got to go" and "2-4-6-8, Love does not discriminate" over two thousand people have marched from Wellington's Civic Square to Parliament in support of the Marriage Equality Bill which will be introduced to the house tonight. The marchers have been good natured and spirited and the reactions of onlookers have been largely positive. An off duty lesbian police officer says the only adverse reaction she heard was a couple of male British tourists who responded vehemently, when asked if they were in Civic Square for the gay rights march, "Fuck no!" Construction workers waved good naturedly to the marchers from building sites but a small group of young Polynesian men observing the colourful procession described it as "dangerous stuff." Amongst the marchers, veteran gay rights activist and marcher Bill Logan reflected on past marches, including Homosexual Law reform in the mid 1980s. "It's different faces but essentially it's the same crowd," he beamed. The same joy, the same power, the same determination to be treated equally with others in society."
Credit: GayNZ.com Daily News staff
First published: Wednesday, 29th August 2012 - 2:34pm
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