Radio personality Tracy Bartram will add her voice to calls to allow same-sex marriage in Australia at the next Equal Love rally in Melbourne.
Bartram will host the rally on August 13 which will mark the 13th anniversary of federal
Parliament’s vote to amend the Marriage Act to ban same-sex couples from marrying.
Bartram said Australia should follow the lead of other parts of the world and end outdated marriage laws.
“We live in the greatest country in the world,” Bartram said.
“Yet we are far behind other countries like Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, and Sweden when it comes to recognising that same-sex couples fall in love and want to commit to each other.
“I’ve had two husbands and three marriages, and marriage for me has lost its lustre. But I don’t see why the GLBTI community should be excluded from marrying just because it’s ‘always been that way’.”
Equal Love convenor Ali Hogg said Bartram’s irreverence will be well-placed at the rally.
“What better person to host the event than a strong, opinionated woman such as Tracy Bartram who really knows how to stick it to the man (so to speak),” Hogg said.
“In the lead-up to the ALP National Conference where marriage equality will be debated, we want to get the message out loud and clear … that homophobia and discrimination are not welcome in Australia and the laws in place that perpetuate this homophobia should be gotten rid of.”