Same-sex marriage advocates will rally under the I have a dream mural in Newtown on International Human Rights Day next Wednesday as part of a protest involving almost 20 other countries.
Australian Marriage Equality and Community Action Against Homophobia will host the Sydney rally following a similar protest in Melbourne two weeks ago opposing the Australian gay marriage ban and the recent ban in California.
The issue has gone international. The first rallies that will happen will happen in Australia and will go around the world, organiser Connor Montgomery said.
The fact that the Americans could get 30,000 people out in three days after [California’s] Proposition 8 banned gay marriage, that’s pretty amazing. San Francisco and Sydney are sister cities, we should answer the call.
Organisers were unmoved by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s stated opposition to marriage equality.
I think they say a lot of things. Thirty years ago, we didn’t have the same rights we have today, people even thought beating gay people up was okay, Montgomery said.
AME’s Alex Greenwich said a lot of gay people were frustrated with the continuing inequality.
This is a way to get our message across to the community that we should be fighting for true equality and seeking reasons for why we don’t have it yet. It’s great that those recent [federal] reforms passed, but we should have been entitled to them anyway and it’s not enough.