WATCHING a newly wed bride and her bridesmaid walk out of St Matthew’s Church to join the marriage equality fight proved to be an emotional moment during the weekend’s Rainbow Walk.
The community’s first cross-Border march for marriage equality saw up to 160 residents cross the Lincoln Causeway to lobby for Federal Farrer MP Sussan Ley’s support.
Around 110 signatures were gathered by Rainbow Walk facilitators Hume Phoenix, and are expected be presented to Ms Ley’s office later this week.
For Hume Phoenix Female convenor and Farrer representative for Marriage Equality Toni Johnson, the push for marriage equality is about more than gaining rights for her and her same-sex partner of 12 years.
“I have a daughter in a same-sex relationship, and I’d like her to have the same opportunities as her siblings,” said Ms Johnson, who is heartbroken to see her child continue to miss out on equal rights.
“That’s what my fight’s about, I fight for her.”
Many who marched as part of Hume Phoenix were flanked by family and friends in support.
Across the road from Ms Ley’s Kiewa Street office, St Matthew’s Archdeacon Peter MacLeod-Miller finished a local wedding by flying the rainbow pride flag high on the church’s flagpole and ringing the tower bells for equality.
Ms Johnson said the support from a cross-section of the community was meaningful.
“When he and the bride came over and showed their support it was really emotional.”
Meanwhile, Hume Phoenix is eager to see a same-sex marriage bill tabled in parliament this year with Ms Ley’s support.
The comments come after it was announced Labor MPs and senators will not be bound to vote for same-sex marriage until 2019 following the weekend’s ALP national conference.
Ms Ley confirmed in early July that she had not yet decided whether she would support marriage equality and called for Liberal MPs to be allowed a conscious vote on the matter.
“I think really for her to support us would go in history,” Ms Johnson said.
“People will remember her for that.”
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