Don’t forget this Saturday’s rally to mark the beginning of the National Year of Action for Same-Sex Marriage.

This year the rally is being held outside the Sydney Town Hall, where the Greens’ senator Sarah Hanson-Young will address the crowd on the results of the recent Senate inquiry held into her marriage equality bill.

The results will be known on the Thursday before the rally.

Community Action Against Homophobia co-convener Ben Cooper said a giant show of community strength was needed on the day.

“Support for this action has been fantastic. This human rights issue is slowly building into an unstoppable campaign, but in order for this historic event to have an impact we need every person possible to be there,” he said.

“Kevin Rudd wants to keep this issue out of the spotlight and this will be achieved if we don’t stand up and be counted.

“Update your Facebook status, text your friends, make sure everyone you know is informed and bring everyone you can.

There has never been a better time to stand up for equality.”

The line-up for the day includes Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young, PFLAG president Judy Brown, NSW GLRL co-convenors Ben Keats and Kellie McDonald, Australian Marriage Equality spokesman Alex Greenwich and Maree O’Halloran from the Welfare Rights Centre.

Senator Hanson-Young has called on the Government and Opposition to allow their members a conscience vote on her bill, and has urged the community to come out in force on Saturday.

“It is important for people to turn out in numbers to the rally to show our leaders that we believe in equal marriage rights and that they can’t ignore this issue any longer,” Hanson-Young said.

“I call on the Prime Minister, Mr Rudd, and the Opposition leader, Mr Turnbull, to allow for a debate on the bill, and to allow their members to have a conscience vote. The public is clearly in favour of equal marriage and support is growing.”

At Melbourne’s rally the MC will be Sydney Star Observer’s very own Doug Pollard, with the Victorian Education Minister Bronwyn Pike, and Greens MLA Sue Pennicuik due to speak.

Rallies will also take place in Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth and Lismore.

info: Rally starts 1pm, Saturday November 28 at the Sydney Town Hall.

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