The Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, ACON and New Mardi Gras are planting 1,000 pink hearts in Victoria Park, Camperdown, to show our relationships deserve legal equality. The event is a family get-together and participants are invited to bring a picnic lunch. The heart-planting will run from 10:30am to 12:30pm.
Following the planting, Community Action Against Homophobia, Australian Marriage Equality and a long list of other organisations are hosting a rally in Darlinghurst, meeting at Taylor Square at 1pm followed by a march to Hyde Park where speakers including Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Dr Kerryn Phelps, Anthony Venn-Brown, Senator Kerry Nettle and Sydney MP Tanya Plibersek will face the crowd. This is another family-friendly event, and children’s activities are planned during the speeches.
Brisbane will host a peaceful rally at the QUT entrance to the Goodwill Bridge from 11am, with speakers including Senator Andrew Bartlett, Juanita Wheeler, Carman Parsons and Craig Comrie.
The Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group is planning a mock same-sex wedding on the lawns of Parliament House, followed by a reception at the School of Fine Arts. The film Just Married, directed by Vicki Jones, will also be shown.
Melbourne marchers will meet at 2pm at Town Hall and march to Federation Square where a public demonstration will be held. Couples will take Midwinter Vows in a mass commitment ceremony. Speakers will include Luke Gahan, Rodney Croome and Peter Dillon.
A peaceful rally will be held in Perth from noon at the Cultural Centre, James Street Mall, Northbridge. Damian and Graham Douglas-Meyer, who married in Canada last year, will renew their vows as well as pledge to fight for legal recognition in Australia.
Mexico City will also host an event, where delegates attending an international human rights conference will take time out to protest against the marriage ban.