Join our rainbow heart
A gathering at the Quad will support the yes vote
TODAY is the day – the day where Australia finds out the result of the highly contentious marriage equality plebiscite.
To recognise this, the Northern Rivers LGBTIQ will be hosting a postal vote results gathering in the Lismore Quadrangle to show they are fully in support of the yes vote.
The survey result will be delivered at 10am.
There will be entertainment, speeches and a drone on site to take a photo of a human-made love heart.
Former mayor of Lismore Jenny Dowell will be speaking at the event and said she was optimistic Australia has voted yes.
“Nearly 80 per cent of people voted in this non-compulsory survey so that is a good sign,” she said.
“I am certain Lismore will have a strong yes vote, because we’re a very accepting, warm and generous community.”
Mrs Dowell said she would be devastated if it was a no vote, however it won’t stop her showing her support for the LGBTIQ community.
“Without a doubt, we need to come together, not just to show our commitment but also most importantly to show support to our rainbow families,” she said.
“We need to show solidarity and support – to say we’ll stand with you, please don’t despair your time will come.
“The strong 70 per cent gives us hope that something will be introduced in Federal Parliament before December,” she said.
“I would encourage the parliament to be strong, to present marriage equality to the parliament to make sure this a reality for the new year.”
Mrs Dowell said she hoped members of the community who are planning to get married will be able to do so in the new year.
“I want to go to a same sex marriage in Australia, not just a re-enactment of one that’s been performed overseas.”
Attendees are encouraged to wear a block colour of the rainbow to make this the most colourful events of the year.
“Come to the Quad and be ready to celebrate and if not, to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who want marriage equality,” she said.
Stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who want marriage equality for themselves. — Jenny Dowell
YES WE CAN: Former Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell will be on site today as Lismore expects a large crowd for the announcement of the same sex marriage survey.