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A gather­ing at the Quad will sup­port the yes vote

The Northern Star - - NEWS - Sa­man­tha Poate Sa­man­tha.Poate@north­ern­

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.

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