Organisers are anticipating one of the largest turnouts they have ever seen for this year’s National Day of Action.
More than 60 couples have registered to take part in the planned mass -˜illegal’ wedding on the day, outside the Labor Party national conference.
It’s well under the initial call for 400, but the theme of the day has galvanised scores of others to take part according to organiser Emilia Lawonski.
This year’s event is looking a lot bigger, especially because marriage, at the moment, seems to be on everyone’s mind, she said.
There’s a lot more interest this year I think because of the wedding that we’re having, I think people are really interested in that and the fact that it’s being staged in front of the ALP conference as well.
A lot of the couples are really passionate about that, about being able to have a wedding and stand up for their rights at the same time.
Lawonski said she expected a smooth, incident free event.
We’ve been running the NDA since around 2005 and we’ve never really had anything negative happen, she said.
So far the response has been pretty positive, like we haven’t had any hate mail from conservatives or anything. The only kind of negativity we’ve had has probably been from some people in the queer community who just don’t believe in the institution of marriage, so that’s a good sign.
To ensure it stays that way though, organisers have put out a call out for anyone wishing to volunteer as a marshal to guide marchers.
Anyone who would like to be involved in that way, can fill out an online registration form at http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dDF0bldLTWJhcElLNV9DQnNDclJxV2c6MA.
Anyone that wants equality for marriage should take part. We want to get as many people as possible to come down on the day and watch the couples getting married, Lawonski reminded anyone who was undecided about whether to attend.
Rally-goers will further be able to show their support for same-sex marriage on the day, by signing on to Australian Marriage Equality’s submission to the marriage inquiry currently underway.
Australian Marriage Equality members will pass out postcards for people to register their details on, which will be sent in with their submission.
The NDA will take place on August 1, starting from the steps of Town Hall at noon before marching down to the ALP conference in Darling Harbour.
info: For more information go to http://www.caah.org.au/nda