News Brief: Thousands Illegally Marry at Protest for Same-Sex Marriage

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News Brief Thousands Illegally Marry at Protest for Same-Sex Marriage

News Brief Thousands Illegally Marry at Protest for Same-Sex Marriage

News Brief:  Thousands Illegally Marry at Protest for Same-Sex Marriage

Thousands of LGBT activists staged a mass wedding in Melbourne this past week in order to protest for same-sex marriage.  Equal Love Melbourne had arranged to hold a number of illegal mass weddings between same-sex couples.

The demonstration took place on August 26, in hopes of drawing attention to the restrictions that LGBT couples in Australia currently face.  Comedians, politicians and celebrities were expected to attend, including Joel Creasey and Australian Idol winner Natalie Gauci.

News Brief Thousands Illegally Marry at Protest for Same-Sex MarriageOrganizers explained that the rally took place 13 years after the Australian government amended the Marriage Act to ban same-sex weddings.

They said in a statement, “Australia is one of the few remaining Western countries in which LGBTI [people] are prohibited from marrying.  Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull refuses to risk his leadership by standing up to the right-wing of his party on this important issue of civil rights, despite the majority of both houses of parliament supporting reform.  Couples who would like to make a public declaration of their commitment are welcome to take part in the mass illegal wedding. Equal Love will be issuing marriage certificates to all couples who decide to mark this occasion by becoming illegally wed.”

The weddings will not be legally binding but protesters hope that it will help to keep the issue at the forefront of debate.