Australia sees largest public demonstrations for same-sex marriage in nation’s history

MELBOURNE — August 1 saw the largest public demonstrations for same-sex marriage in Australia’s history take place throughout the continent.

In Melbourne alone, an estimated 5,000 people took to the streets to demand that the federal government introduce same-sex marriage, making this the largest single show of support for marriage equality ever in Australia.
In addition to the thousands that participated in marches and rallies, over 200 couples across the nation participated in illegal same-sex wedding ceremonies, setting what organizers believe to be a world record for the largest number of participants in a mass illegal wedding ceremony.
Despite the nationwide show of support for marriage equality, delegates at the Australian Labor Party’s national conference in Sydney today effectively voted for no change to the party’s policy regarding marriage, maintaining the definition as a union between a man and a woman.
“Although the decision of the ALP delegates was disappointing, I think politicians from all sides now understand that this is not an issue that’s going to go away.  Today’s rallies put it clearly on the national agenda,” said Tim Wright, co-convener of Equal Love, the organizer of the Melbourne rally.  “Marriage equality is rapidly spreading throughout the world and we’re going to be back here year after year until we get it in Australia.”

MEDIA CONTACT: Tim Wright, Equal Love, 0400 967 233
http://www.equallove.info

Some photos from the National Day of Action in Melbourne available at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/equallove/

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