Saturday, August 01, 2009

Four Thousand Confirm what 60% of us think; ALP oblivious

So, Jeremy and I attended the National Day of Action for Same Sex Rally (There's a mouthful!) at Fed Square today, along with four thousand other Melbournites braving the hair-ruining inclement weather to make their feelings known on the issue of same-sex marriage.

There were speeches, quartets, music and chanting, as one would expect. Most of all there was an air of mixed feelings; frustration that we had to be there at all - frustration that this is still an issue in 2009, and hope. Hope that this generation will be the one to sweep aside the last area of discrimination against same-sex couples. Hope that this will be the Government that listens to the voices of the majority of Australia.

Not that we really expected that today would be the day that changed it - Rudd has made his small-minded opinion known for some time now, but it was still disappointing to know that unless the Bill introduced by the Greens gets up, we wait even longer to grant equal rights to same-sex couples.

We are not impressed with your work this morning, Mr. Rudd

The Rally culminated with an illegal marriage on the steps of Parliament House. We marched from Fed Square up Swanston and Collins Streets, and for the most part, passers-by were supportive - apart from one Bible basher standing on the tram-tracks telling all assembled they were going to hell. Nice.

I'm glad I went. I'm glad that my voice was heard, and that the voices of other were as well. Not so glad that the ALP chose not to listen to us and a majority of Australians, but it's a start*.

*I realise that this is a remarkably easy thing for me to say, not having a same-sex partner myself, and being quite free to marry my partner should I so choose. I'm aware of that, and acknowledge it.


Jayne said...

Yesterday just enforced the fact that the ALP is no longer (and hasn't been for a long time) a party for any working person.
The divide between State and Church has been sealed by these blathering idiots who fail to remember that we are their employers.

Jeremy said...

That's right, you DO have a blog!

Aussie Unionist said...

I am so disappointed to have missed the rally. What a joke the ALP are on this issue. They need to grow a backbone.

Keri said...

You're a fucking liar, Jimbo.

First, you have no proof that any information was passed on. I've got an e-mail account that I've literally never used - never sent an e-mail from, never signed up to anything with and it STILL got spam.

Secondly, even if it WAS someone from Grods (Which it wasn't), you have absolutely no proof it was Jeremy.

Until you do, fuck off. Oh, and comment moderation is being turned on, so good luck spamming my posts, wanker.