A collection of gay hate groups will join forces to rally against marriage equality in Canberra next month.

An initiative of the Australian Family Association, the National Marriage Coalition, the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) and Dads4Kids: Fatherhood Foundation, the coalition is aiming for a repeat of its 2004 rally which coincided with the Howard Government’s changes to the Marriage Act.

The groups will meet in Parliament House’s Great Hall on August 16.

The ‘National Marriage Day’ is being advertised by the group as being the first day of sitting for the new Senate in which the Greens hold the balance of power, despite the new Senate having already sat this month.

“You are needed in Canberra to show support for natural marriage and warn all politicians,” its call to action on the ACL website reads.

The protesters have been asked to wear a ruby-and-gold dress theme to make a visual impact. Guest speakers will include US author and Washington Times columnist Rececca Hagelin, who’ll address the topic of ‘One Man, One Woman: The Future of Civil Society’.

The rally falls the day before MPs will be asked to report to Parliament on the views of their electorates regarding same-sex marriage.

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