Labor and Greens united in rally for marriage equality
THOUSANDS have gathered in front of the State Library of Victoria in a rally for marriage equality today.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten and Labor MP Mark Dreyfus attended the rally to voice their support of the cause and denounce the actions of the Coalition.
“Marriage equality is not inevitable,” Mr Dreyfus said.
“We’ve got to continue the fight, we must continue to pressure Tony Abbott and his Liberals to vote to allow their party to vote their consciences in the Parliament.”
Mr Shorten promised that if Labor is elected, that there will be a marriage equality law passed within 100 days of the election.
“I will introduce a law to have marriage equality, and we will get it through this time, once and for all,” Mr Shorten said.
Greens party leader Richard Di Natale, Melbourne MP Adam Bandt and Senator Janet Rice were also in attendance and voiced their support of the cause and highlight their fight for equality.
The rally moved down Swantson Street and Collins Street to the Old Treasury Building where a mock marriage ceremony was held for those attending.
The rally follows the Coalition’s decision to not take the issue of gay marriage to a conscience vote within his party, instead suggesting a plebiscite on Tuesday following a marathon 6-hour meeting.
A plebiscite is a public vote on a national question that does not affect the constitution. Regardless of the results, it is non-binding and the government can elect not to follow the results.