The group, recently formed by students at Victoria University of Wellington, have been planning the march for a few months. The march on Thursday will be the culmination of their work.
“The support LegaliseLove has received has been overwhelming, from a broad cross-section of society,” says LegaliseLove President Joseph Habgood.
Speaking at the rally will be Fionnaigh McKenzie, a prominent member of St. Andrews on the Terrace. “I look forward to celebrating another milestone in our country’s history when we achieve equality for non-heterosexual New Zealanders,” she said. “As a Christian, I believe we must challenge all forms of injustice, including discriminatory laws. We can create a more inclusive society where all families are supported and given equal opportunities.”
Also speaking will be Brooklynne Kennedy, an American-born queer rights activist and leader of TRANZform in Wellington; Nicole Brasch, a former student of Marlborough Girls’ College and passionate queer rights advocate; and Joseph Habgood, as the campaign’s president.
This year has been a remarkable year for queer rights all around the world, with New York making the historic decision to fully support same-sex marriage, as well as the United States repealing the policy commonly known as ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’, whereby homosexuals were forbidden to disclose their sexuality in order to serve in the military. Tasmania’s Parliament has also recently pledged to support gay marriage in Australia.
The LegaliseLove March for Equality takes place from midday this Thursday, and will then move to Parliament. Take a long lunch break, call in sick, put down that study, and help to LegaliseLove!
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