Marriage equality advocates will rally outside the Victoria headquarters of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) tomorrow.

Equal Love Victoria said the protest action aims to pressure the ALP before its December conference.

Equal Love Victoria convener Ali Hogg said the group strongly rejects Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s decision to allow Labor MPs a conscience vote on the issue and is calling on the Party to end its ban on same-sex marriage.

“It’s an absolute disgrace that Gillard is calling for a conscience vote to be the result of the ALP conference,” Hogg said.

“It is a slap in the face and a betrayal of equal rights supporters who thought she may have a progressive bone left in her body.

“Gillard’s continued discrimination is only going to make us more determined to keep up the pressure on the ALP and demand they grant us our rights no ifs or buts.”

Gillard today announced in an opinion piece published in Fairfax that she would allow a conscience vote on the issue and reiterated her opposition to changing the Marriage Act.

A Nielsen poll, published in today’s Age newspaper, showed 62 percent of voters support marriage equality, up from 57 percent in 2010.

The poll also showed 71 percent of Labor voters, 86 percent of Greens voters and 50 percent of Coalition voters support legalising gay marriage.

“It is fantastic to see such great support for marriage equality in this country but at the same time it’s infuriating that it falls on deaf ears,” Hogg said.

“The ALP must listen to the community, including those within their own party, and commit to binding policy in support of full marriage equality at the National Conference.”

Protesters will gather on Wednesday, November 16 at 12.30pm, 360 King St, West Melbourne.

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