Inequality no laughing matter: comedians to march for marriage
Comedians and breakfast radio hosts Tom Ballard and Claire Hooper will join hundreds of others in the centre of Sydney on Saturday, May 12 for the latest rally calling for marriage equality.
The rally, held to also commemorate International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) later in the week, will begin at Town Hall from 1pm.
Organisers of the rally, Community Action Against Homophobia (CAAH), said with a marriage equality vote likely in Federal Parliament in the next few months it was now more important than ever for the LGBTI community and supporters to unite and publicly declare their commitment to equality.
“Tom and Claire will join the long list of well known faces who have stood up for the simple demand of equality for all citizens,” CAAH co-convener Bryn Hutchinson said.
“Politicians know the score, the Australian public expect better, and I say it is time for the current government to show its progressive credentials and bring the law into line with community expectations of non-discrimination and fairness.”
CAAH co-convener Cat Rose said she hoped the rally would build on the huge numbers of support – totalling up to 10,000 people – who came out for the rally in December during the ALP’s National Conference held in Darling Harbour.
“Ten thousand people rallied but both sides of government have shown that we are going to have to continue our efforts to ensure that we receive justice,” Rose added.
Similar rallies organised by Equal Love groups have been planned to take place on the day in all major cities across Australia.