Rainbow Families Victoria is hoping to send some of its tireless advocates to Canberra next week to witness marriage equality passing in federal parliament.

The group has set up a GoFundMe campaign to help fund the trip.

With the marriage equality bill looking set to pass the Senate today and the final vote to happen next week, some of the members of Rainbow Families would like to witness the big day.

The group has been a strong voice throughout the marriage equality debate, with executive director Felicity Marlowe determinedly advocating for the LGBTI community.

Marlowe hopes to be in Canberra for the final vote, to give rainbow families around the country a voice as the media descends on parliament.

Rainbow Families wants to be able to speak from Canberra about the impact of marriage equality on diverse families and their children.

“We would love to see rainbow families represented in Canberra on this historic occasion,” Marlowe wrote on the fundraising page.

Marlowe hopes to personally thank the politicians who have fought for marriage equality, and draw their attention to the struggles that rainbow families will still face.

She thanked the families and children who helped advocate for marriage equality.

“Our families—our friends and allies—have played an enormous part in this campaign,” she wrote.

“Last year, our kids travelled to Canberra to lobby politicians and they did a fantastic job. Since then, they’ve marched and spoken and written letters and had conversations with their teachers and friends at school.

“This is their day too.”

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