Vigil planned to remind churches all marriages ‘equally excellent’
A peaceful vigil is planned for Hobart this Thursday night outside a national meeting hosted by Tasmanian churches and other groups opposed to same-sex marriage, with former tennis champion turned fundamentalist Christian pastor Margaret Court also expected to address the gathering.
Former Liberal Senator Guy Barnett and Hobart Presbyterian pastor Campbell Markham are also expected to speak at the ‘Excellent Marriage’ forum which is being held at the University of Tasmania to celebrate “the importance and value of marriage for the Australian community”.
Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group spokesperson, Rodney Croome, who is organising the vigil, said it was important people took a stand.
“The theme of our vigil will be ‘Equally Excellent’ because we want to remind those attending the meeting that whether or not a marriage is ‘excellent’ has nothing to do with the gender of the partners involved,” Croome said.
“Our presence will be a peaceful reminder to those attending that if they truly value marriage they will support extending it to include same-sex couples and their families.”
Although a planned marriage equality rally in Hobart to coincide with rallies in other major cities over the weekend was cancelled due to poor weather, Croome said local activists had much to inspire them.
“On Thursday night we will be inspired by President Obama's statement and by the International Day Against Homophobia to make a strong stand for equality,” he said.
The peaceful vigil will take place from 6pm, Thursday, May 17 outside the Stanley Burbury Theatre, Sandy Bay campus, University of Tasmania.