Momentum for a ‘historic’ marriage equality rally in Sydney is gathering with activists calling for supporters from around Australia to take part.
Community Action Against Homophobia co-convenor Cat Rose announced December 3 will be the day for a mass protest during the Australian Labor Party National Conference and said thousands are expected to hit the streets.
“Sections of all sides of the Labor Party have been proclaiming their support for marriage equality in the last few months,” Rose said.
“We are determined to make sure the party makes the right decision and fulfills its obligations to human rights this December.”
All eyes will be on the conference — to be held in Sydney from December 2 – 4 — with same-sex marriage set to be one of the hot issues of debate.
The conference is seen as a potential game-changer to clear the way for same-sex marriage in Australia if the ALP votes in favour of changing its current policy of opposition.
In Victoria, Equal Love spokeswoman Ali Hogg told the Star Observer the activist group is still deciding if a similar protest will occur in Melbourne but said it’s likely the push will be on for people to attend the Sydney rally.
“We will encourage people to go if they can, to fly there, so we’ll put details of whatever cheap flights we can find on the Equal Love website,” Hogg said.
The Sydney protest is set to be staged on Saturday, December 3 at the fountain at Hyde Park North from noon.
Same-sex marriage protests in major capitals will also occur on August 13 to mark the seventh anniversary of amendments — made by the Howard government — to the Marriage Act to ban gay couples from entering into marriage.
Rallies in Sydney and Melbourne have been organised on August 1 and 13 respectively.