Sydney held a Straight Lives Matter protest today but literally only about 30 people showed up.
The rally, organized by the Party For Freedom aimed to give supporters of traditional marriage an opportunity to band together in solidarity and speak out against the proposed legalization of same sex marriage, according to the Facebook page.
It called for an end to the ‘sick and vile homosexual agenda’ and refers to same-sex marriage as a ‘fad.’
But it seems only a handful of Sydney’s 5 million people agree with them.
Cat Clayton, introduced to the crowd as the woman who funded the infamous skywriting over Sydney, said she’s planning another skywriting venture.
She said: ‘We do have something happening, so keep your eyes on the skies. Any day in the next few, I hope,’ reports the Australian.
Organizers of the rally chose Darlinghurst as the location for the event, which is a largely gay area.
Rally organizer Nick Folkes said: ‘Some people have said it’s provocative. But we’re just exercising our democratic right to freedom of speech and freedom of location.’
‘Purple-haired rainbow collective’ fights back
A small group of counter-protestors (or ‘purple-haired rainbow collective’ as the Facebook group called them) chanted over the Straight Lives Matter rally.
Police report about 50 counter-protestors turned up, chanting and carrying pro-equality signs.
But marriage equality campaigner Alex Greenwich said he wouldn’t ‘be distracted by the actions of 20 people.’
Let the door knocking begin! pic.twitter.com/uh5rgqGBFS
— Alex Greenwich MP (@AlexGreenwich) September 23, 2017
He spent the day door knocking instead.
He continued: ‘It is so important for the marriage equality campaign that we do not get distracted by the people who are always trying to throw red herrings.’
Australians are currently sending back postal votes on marriage equality, with a deadline of 7 November. Australians will know the results of the vote on 15 November.