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Aussies' day of action against Homophobia

Fri 27 Jul 2007 In: International News

Plans are underway around Australia for a national day of protest against homophobia. This is the third annual national protest to mark passage of the ban on same-sex marriage through federal parliament on 13th August 2004. The ‘Australian Marriage Equality' group says it is campaigning to change marriage laws so that all Australians are treated equally. For many Australians, marriage is a profoundly meaningful way to demonstrate love and commitment. Denying anyone that right is simply not fair,” says the organisation. “All of us should have the same right to marry and to have that marriage legally recognised regardless of our gender or sexuality. “Many Australians pride themselves on our nation's commitment to a 'fair go' for all yet in 2004 the federal parliament amended the law to prevent same sex-couples from marrying. “As a result of this law, we also refuse to recognise same-sex marriages legally entered into in a growing number of countries around the world such as Canada, the Netherlands, Spain and South Africa.” Similar protests attracted 3, 500 people across Australia, demanding “Repeal the ban on same sex marriage”, “Give Us Civil Unions” and “Hands Off Same Sex Adoption”. The date of this year's National Day of Action has been set for Sunday 12th August. In Sydney there will be a rally at Taylor Square on Oxford St from 1pm. In Melbourne, protestors will assemble 11.30am in front of the State Library, then rally to Federation Square for MidWinta Vows and celebration. In Brisbane there will be a car procession. “Join the procession as we drive through Brisbane with your car displaying your message,” say organisers. Find our more about the Australian Marriage Equality group on the link below.     Ref: Same Same, Australian Marriage Equality (m)

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First published: Friday, 27th July 2007 - 4:41pm

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