Equal Love to protest outside Court’s church
Equal Love Western Australia is preparing to protest tonight outside the Perth church established by former tennis champion Margaret Court in opposition to a rally planned to discuss resisting the legalisation of same-sex marriage.
The hall at the Victory Life Centre is being rented by the Australian Family Association (AFA) for the rally where Australian tennis star turned controversial pastor, Court, will be a guest speaker.
Sam Cavallaro of Equal Love WA told Blaze the protest is aiming to show that support for same-sex marriage outweighs the opposition.
“We can’t really let these bigots off the hook if they are planning to have this rally against gay rights,” he said.
“We just want to have a peaceful protest, a lot of chanting, banner waving and holding of placards.
“We aren’t looking for a confrontation or anything like that. We are not planning to storm the building. We want to stand outside of the Life Centre and have a protest against what is going on inside there.”
Cavallaro added the key focus of the AFA’s rally is to maintain the ideas of marriage in their current form.
“They call it a ‘rally to preserve marriage’ so they are going to go through a lot of things like the ways they want to preserve the family in its current form,” he said.
A spokesperson for AFA Western Australia told Blaze the principal speaker for the rally is Bill Muehlenberg, author of the book Strained Relations: the Challenge of Homosexuality.
“Pastor Margaret Court is also speaking. She will be doing a summation, probably no more than 10 minutes,” the spokesperson added
“The subject of the evening, of course, is going to be same-sex marriage and its legalisation.”
The protest is planned to take place at the Victory Life Centre in Osborne Park from 6.15pm local time and the attendees of the rally are expected to arrive from 6.30pm.