Brisbane Supporters Brave The Rain To March For Marriage Equality


Steady rain wasn’t enough to deter around 300 marriage equality supporters from marching through Brisbane on Saturday afternoon.

The Equality Campaign’s Shirleene Robinson told the crowd gathered at Queen’s Park that the group had seen support for marriage equality all over the state.

“We heard from a young gay man in Bundaberg who works as a teacher for children with special needs,” she said.

“For him, marriage equality would send an important message of acceptance.

“Two parents on the Sunshine Coast – both people of faith – hadn’t ever thought about LGBTI issues, until their son came out as gay.

“They thought about it and their love for him, and they realised it didn’t matter that he was gay, and it didn’t matter who he fell in love with.

“Now they’re the proudest and most supportive advocates you could imagine. They’re all standing with us on this journey.”

She said millions of postal survey forms had been returned, but encouraged everyone to keep up the momentum in the last fortnight of the campaign.

“There are still millions of votes up for grabs and we urge everyone to keep talking to family members, friends and workmates right up to the day the survey closes,” she said.

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Thousands of marriage equality supporters who gathered in Sydney’s Belmore Park on Saturday were also told not to take for granted recent poll results showing the “yes” vote was leading.

“[The polls are] great news, but remember the Brexit and Donald Trump wins last year defied the polls,” Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon told the crowd.

“Tony Abbott is out there saying there are still millions of votes and the ‘no’ campaign is going after them.”

On Sunday, marriage equality rallies and events will be held in Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin.

The countdown has begun towards the Australian Bureau of Statistic’s suggested deadline of October 27 for the mailing of completed survey forms, to ensure they’re received by the final cutoff date of November 7.

The result will be announced on November 15.

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