Equal Love

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Equal Love
Equal Love Rally in Melbourne.JPG
Equal Love rally in Melbourne CBD
Formation 2004
Type Marriage Equality Campaign
Location Australia
Convenor
Ali Hogg
Website equallove.info

Equal Love is an Australian-wide campaign initiated by the Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby[attribution needed] in an attempt to win gay and lesbian couples marriage rights in the country.[1] The campaign involves a range of community, union, student and activist organisations[2] whose aim is to influence public and government attitudes towards LGBT couples through education and direct action.[3][dead link]

History[edit]

The campaign began in 2004[1] in response to the Marriage Amendment Bill, introduced by the John Howard Government which was passed by the Australian House of Representatives[4] in June of that year, which stated that a same-sex union "must not be recognised as a marriage in Australia."[5][dead link] In 2009, an Equal Love spokesperson claimed that "60% of Australians support equal same-sex marriage rights and the introduction of the gender neutral bill. Equal marriage rights are becoming a significant and central human rights issue."[6][dead link] In 2010, tens of thousands of Australians participated in Equal Love demonstrations for marriage equality.[7]

Equal Love has had the support of Amnesty International, the Australian Greens and other notable individuals such as Victorian Labor Party Minister for Education Bronwyn Pike, The Lord of the Rings star Ian McKellen and Australian Idol finalist Rob Mills.[8][9]

In lobbying for marriage equality, the two organisations Equal Love and Community Action Against Homophobia share similar objectives.[10]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Equal Love Convenor Ali Hogg at the August 2011 Rally in Melbourne.

In 2010, Equal Love won an ALSO Foundation award in the category of 'Most Significant Activist of the Year' in the Australian LGBT community.[attribution needed] The ALSO Foundation is Victoria's largest not-for-profit LGBT community organisation.[11] Equal Love's Convener, Ali Hogg, won an ALSO award the same year as the 'Most Outstanding Volunteer' for her work in the campaign.[12][dead link] In 2011, Hogg was recognised in the 'Absolut People's Choice' award as the country's most influential LGBT person for her work in Equal Love, as part of Same Same’s '25 Most Influential LGBTI Australians'.[13]

Criticism[edit]

Equal Love has been criticised from within its own ranks, as well as by the wider LGBT community.[14] The criticism has included concern about the close links Equal Love has to both the Socialist Alternative and the Socialist Alliance. The incorporation of other protest-issues within Equal Love rallies, as well as the "offensive" signs, the tee-shirt "profanity", along with the militancy of Equal Love participants have all raised concerns.[15][16]

National supporters[edit]


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Rallies[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b About Equal Love. Accessed 27 January 2010.
  2. ^ Supporters Equal Love. Accessed 27 January 2010.
  3. ^ Equal Love Same Sex Marriage Rally The Australian Greens. Accessed 16 November 2010.
  4. ^ Same-sex couples demand right to marry The Age, 19 July 2009. Accessed 27 January 2010.
  5. ^ Australia: Marriage Act 1961 Same-Sex Unions in the Conflict of Laws. Accessed 27 January 2010.
  6. ^ Equal love: same-sex marriage rights now Green Left Weekly, Issue 804, 26 July 2009. Accessed 27 January 2010.
  7. ^ Equal love and free speech under attack The Age. 23 July 2010. Accessed 16 November 2010.
  8. ^ Big Names Support Equal Love Same Same. Accessed 27 January 2010.
  9. ^ Gay marriage would win respect, says McKellan News.com.au. Accessed 19 May 2010.
  10. ^ Magnusson, Michael (15 January 2014). "Equal Love’s ‘Year of action’ for Marriage Amendment Act anniversary". Gay News Network. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  11. ^ Are we there yet? Key collaborations on the pathway to quality services for GLBT seniors in Victoria The ALSO Foundation, November 2006. Accessed 21 February 2011.
  12. ^ The {also} Awards 2010 Winners The ALSO Foundation. Accessed 1 July 2010.
  13. ^ Here she is – your Absolut choice! Same Same, 10 February 2011. Accessed 21 February 2011.
  14. ^ Alexander, David (19 May 2014). "Brisbane IDAHOT rally marred by incident involving police". Star Observer. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  15. ^ Watson, Graeme (28 November 2013). "Will Radicals Set Back the Marriage Equality Movement?". OUTinperth. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  16. ^ Alexander, David (6 December 2013). "Equal love banner attracts unwanted attention". Star Observer. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 

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