Angry civil union supporters take to ACT Legislative Assembly
The Civil Union Defence Coalition (CUDC) has announced that Canberran civil union supporters rallied on Monday, 19 June, to vent their anger at the Federal Government’s overturn of the ACT’s Civil Unions legislation last week.
In a statement dated 19/06/2006, the CUDC said the rally in Canberra follows on from a similar rally held in Melbourne last week. Further rallies are scheduled to take place around the country.
Civil unions is "an issue for all Australians"
Spokesperson for the CUDC Mary-Anne Cosgrove said: “this is an issue for all Australians, not just gay and lesbian couples in the ACT. Anyone concerned with human rights, with state rights, and with family values understands that we must speak out against the Federal Government’s actions last week.”
“Traditional families like mine want their kids growing up in a society where discrimination is never acceptable” she added.
Speakers at the Rally included:
- Greens Senator Kerry Nettle
- Member for Fraser Bob McMullan;
- ACT MLA Andrew Barr;
- Amy McDonnell (Resistance);
- Dave Edwards (ANU Jellybabies); and
- Farida Iqbal (Community Action Against Homophobia).
Fight is not over yet, say protesters
Senator Nettle said: “I think it’s fantastic that so many people are here, to show that the majority of Australians support you in your rights to equality before the law”.
Bob McMullan added: “your rights were collateral damage in the campaign to win the votes of the prejudiced few. We must not let that win in the end”.
Ms Cosgrove concluded: “the fight is not over yet! Gay and Lesbian lobby group Good Process will be will be consulting with the community in conjunction with the ACT Government to discuss how to proceed.".
20 June, 2006