Supporters of marriage equality attended a peaceful vigil in Launceston last week to coincide with an anti-equality meeting convened by the Tasmanian Branch of the Australian Christian Lobby.
The Tasmanian University Union (TUU) in partnership with the Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group (TGLRL) invited people to the vigil outside the Raymond Farrell Lecture Theatre at the University of Tasmania where the meeting against marriage equality was being held.
TUU president Saleh Bintalib said the vigil showed the human face of marriage equality by featuring photos of same-sex couples who wish to marry.
“It is important that this legislated discrimination comes to an end, particularly when a majority of Australians support reform. Pictures of same-sex couples who wish to wed [were] shown, so that those attending can see who they are discriminating against,” Bintalib said.
TGLRL spokesman Rodney Croome said marriage equality is about real people.
“This is not about abstract ideas or politics, it’s about real couples and their families who are disadvantaged by our discriminatory marriage laws and who deserve the same legal recognition as everyone else,” Croome said.
The TUU and TGLRG emphasised the importance of those attending the vigil understanding that it was a peaceful and dignified gathering.