Community groups from across the country will coordinate efforts in an attempt to send the largest ever number of marriage equality supporters to Canberra, to meet with Federal MPs and senators.

Australian Coalition for Equality’s Corey Irlam said it was an important exercise in reminding MPs why marriage equality matters and that civil unions are unacceptable.

“From Brisbane to Broome, Dennison to Darwin, we need to demonstrate to our elected officials why marriage equality matters to all Australians,” he said.

“We are hoping that stories won’t just come from same-sex couples. We also need to hear from our straight family members and friends as well, so we can remind MPs that marriage equality is an issue that affects all Australians.”

Australian Marriage Equality national convenor Alex Greenwich expects the day will play a historic role towards achieving marriage equality.

“We will have won a significant victory, if this day can help show our politicians that marriage equality is about people and not politics,” he said.

The exact date of the event is to be announced in coming weeks.

‘Lobbying scholarships’ will be available to help ensure that some people don’t miss out because of the cost involved in getting to Canberra.

Info: Those participating in the exercise will be drawn from the stories submitted via the mymarriagestory.com.au website. Supporters have until September 1 to submit their story.

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