Rally for Equal Marriage Rights – 20 November 2010

Equal Love banner at head of march

There was a huge turnout in Melbourne for the final rally before Victoria’s state election, and a list of speakers to match – see report on Equal Love website . Saturday was also International Trans Remembrance Day, and Transgender Victoria spokesperson Sally Goldner called for a minute’s silence to mark victims of bigotry. After the speeches at the State Library – and the now-traditional competition for the best placard – there was a loud and colourful march through the CBD to the old Treasury Building, where Equal Love convenor Ali Hogg gave a final address, looking ahead to more actions in 2011.

Photos from the rally and march – these and more are included in a slideshow on YouTube, along with some brief video clips from the latter part of the march (there is more video on the Equal Love website referred to above). Most need no caption…

Crowd on State Library lawns

LOVE formed from wire with messages on ribbons attached

In the crowd - 'I luff my girlfriend' t-shirt

Sally Goldner speaking

Sally Goldner

Puppets kissing - 'Brumby' and 'Bailieu'

Group at head of march before setting of

Peaking through the lead banner

On the march - placards calling for 'Equality', 'Don't like Gay Marriage?/Don't have one'

Hanna Williams and her partner lead the march and chanting

Hanna Williams and her partner lead the march and chanting

Australian flag modified - pink background

Socialist Party banner on march

Two of the many dogs on the march

Another dog - in pink and rainbow  'dress'

Yet another dog - with rainbow 'cravat'

Newly-wed couple overtaken by the march up Collins Street

This couple had been posing for wedding photos outside a church in Collins Street

Placard at end of march - 'Julia can marry a hairdresser/Why can't I?'

March up Collins Street, seen from steps of Treasury Building


Video of final stages of march: