Rally in sup­port of same-sex mar­riage

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - Therese Col­man

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.”

Pic­ture: Therese Col­man

Nic and Wendy Hendry, Cathie Lam­bert and Re­becca Hannan all sup­port mar­riage equal­ity.

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