Community Action Against Homo-phobia and Marriage Equality Australia will hold a follow-up meeting after Saturday’s National Day of Action to promote the campaign for marriage rights for same-sex couples.

The meeting will attempt to unite people who are interested in getting involved in the campaign to have the same-sex marriage ban repealed.

CAAH spokesperson Rachel Evans told Sydney Star Observer the meeting aimed to clarify everyone’s political and social position on same-sex marriage.

It’s a general kind of -˜we did good’ meet and greet, [although] we want to build the collective, Evans said.

It is quite important to solidify the range of activists that have participated in the campaign, Evans said.

The meeting will include a discussion of all national rallies held on Saturday and pictures from each of the events will be shown.
Activists will also discuss future events planned for Sydney and provide information about the newly-formed national activist group Australian Coalition for Equality.

Results of a survey conducted at the Sydney rally will also be discussed.

The survey asked participants what they hoped for in terms of legal recognition of their relationships.

Evans said she expected the results to be similar to a those of a recent Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby survey, which showed 80 per cent of respondents believed same-sex marriage was the ultimate goal.

There’s a difference between wanting legal recognition and rights and actually wanting to be married, Evans said.

However, all the people [surveyed] were at a same-sex marriage rally. I would be very surprised if they ticked de facto over marriage rights in terms of priority.

The Community Action Against Homophobia and Australian Marriage Equality rally follow-up meeting will be held in the Ashmore/ Belmore rooms at UTS, Broadway, on Wednesday 24 August from 6:30pm.

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