After copping criticism for not standing up to his party on marriage equality protestors have delivered a ‘spine’ to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Sydney’s LGBTI community decorated the spine at the iconic Imperial Hotel on Sunday. The pub was made famous by the film The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert.
The bold statement was spearhead by LGBTI activist groups DIY Rainbow and Community Action Against Homophobia (CAAH).
The groups were unhappy with recent developments in the marriage equality debate. The Australian Government is pushing for a public postal survey to decide the issue.
Marriage equality advocates lodged two successful bids in the High Court of Australia disputing the postal survey. The hearing will be held in early September.
DIY Rainbow and CAAH took the spine down to Parliament House in Canberra (Australia’s capital city).
CAAH’s co-convenor Cat Rose told Gay Star News the PM ‘has been in desperate need of a spine to help him pass marriage equality’.
‘It may be a little late in coming but we thought we would help by bringing one down to him in Canberra,’ Rose said.
‘So DIY Rainbow and Community Action Against Homophobia brought a spine down from Sydney for him and were ready with members of the community in Canberra to hand it over to him today.
‘But sadly he left it and us out in the cold and it remains uncollected.’
Rose said the postal survey was likely to ‘go ahead against any sense of justice’.
‘The reaction from our community over the past week has been one of absolute determination to flip this on the bigots in parliament and win a Yes vote,’ Rose said.
‘Everyone knows that the majority of Australians have supported marriage equality for years and years but we have an incredibly significant moment forced on us to prove it, and we will.
‘So we are seeing a level of involvement from all sections of our community that is unprecedented and exciting in a range of ways if it ends in our movement standing stronger against this relentless stream of bigotry coming from the government.’
Rose called on the community to show its strength and campaign for a yes vote.
‘We have been given just two weeks to register new voters for the poll and then the question will be put,’ Rose said.
‘Starting with a rally at Sydney Town Hall on September 10 at 1pm we will launch the Yes campaign and activate all supporters to win this.’