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Canberra’s equal love demo – the struggle has just begun

150 people demonstrated for equal love in Canberra today.

There were really good speeches, with some of the speakers emphasising that civil partnerships were not equality.

Then we marched on our streets to the Legislative Assembly demanding equal rights for all. As we marched, we chanted, we laughed and we hoped.

“Hey hey, ho ho, homophobia has got go!”

“Kevin Rudd doesn’t dig it, that’s because he’s a bigot.”

It was a good demonstration – vibrant, committed and with a good political understanding of what is going on.

I learnt why we should oppose the local ACT Government’s civil partnership law. To quote Rodney Croome:

Regardless of whether civil union ceremonies are “legislative”, “binding”, “effective”, “officially recognised” or pink with polka dots, they are not and can never be full equality or an end to second class status.

As the Equal Love speakers at the rally today said, we want equality not second class citizenship.  So like them I oppose the ACT Labor Government’s civil ceremonies’ law and changes they will make to appease the homophobic Rudd Labor Government.

While the local laws and changes mean some sort of recognition exists, and this has sent the Christian right apoplectic, it is still not equality. 

Every move of Labor both nationally and locally has been to water down equal marriage rights.

The fight for equal love is a fight against Labor; it is a fight to force Labor to introduce real equality.

We will not go away. We will not rest till we win.

Here is a link to footage of the Melbourne equal love rally and march today.