Rally in support of same-sex marriage
Supporters of same-sex marriage will rally at the Margaret River Hotel on Saturday.
A sausage sizzle will raise funds for counselling service Living Proud and participants are asked to bring along their postal surveys.
In response to the survey on same-sex marriage, Rebecca Hannan said it was difficult to see and hear negative comments from the wider community.
“There are some extremely damaging comments, unrelated issues and unpleasant arguments that are being raised on both sides, which are very sad to see,” she said. “I am a passionate advocate for strong communities, but the plebiscite is an unjust, challenging and invasive process.”
Nic Hendry said equal marriage rights would be a step in the right direction in breaking down the prejudice felt by same-sex couples.
“We can’t ignore the increase in crisis calls to support helplines,” she said.
“It is proven there’s a higher rate of teen suicide in the community, and having something as important as equal legal rights is a big step in getting rid of that stigma.”
The women are inviting residents to come along with their postal survey forms on Saturday so they can be completed and posted together. “Come and vote ‘yes’, all of us together,” Ms Hendry said.
“It may not be directly applicable to you, but it makes a great difference to the wider community.”
Ms Hannan pleaded to those still unsure of their vote to give samesex marriage their support.
“Nothing else for the rest of the community will change other than I am sure the wedding industry will notice a significant spike, which has got to be a fantastic thing for business,” she said.
“Together let’s get this done and move towards a stronger community where all members feel included, respected, accepted, safe and valued.”
Nic and Wendy Hendry, Cathie Lambert and Rebecca Hannan all support marriage equality.