Gladstone's first marriage equality march planned
THE POSTERS have been painted and the guest list is finalised.
Get ready Gladstone - the Marriage Equality Rally is coming to town on Saturday.
More than 180 people are expected to march down Goondoon St to participate in Gladstone's first marriage equality rally.
Openly gay Gladstone resident and organiser Dylan Carmichael said the nerves had finally settled and he was ready for the big day.
"I'm really excited. People are really looking forward to it," he said. "Six weeks ago it was an idea. Now it's actually happening."
This week the 27-year-old has been frantically finalising details of the march, while checking invited guests off the list.
Dylan said he had organised a list of speakers to say a few words, but was remaining tight lipped about the line-up yesterday afternoon.
"You'll just have to wait and see," he said.
Since Dylan launched the idea about a month ago, he admits he hasn't had much criticism.
"People have been really supportive of the idea. I've even had local businesses recognise me and show their support," he said.
Dylan said he was expecting about 90 people to the rally today, but would be happy with anyone turning up.
"Don't forget to bring a hat, sunscreen and water on the day," Dylan said.
Marchers will gather in Apext Park, Gladstone from 1pm, with the march starting at 1.30pm. A reception afterwards will be held at Scotties Bar and Restaurant, 46 Goondoon St, Gladstone.
Opinion: Glenn Butcher
AT THE last state election, out of the five contesting candidates, I was the only candidate who publicly acknowledged support for marriage equality.
I am firmly of the belief that the rights and social acceptance of same sex couples must continue to progress both publicly and politically.
Since the election my views on marriage equality have not changed.
I continue to fully support the rights of same sex couples being able to marry and for their marriage to be legally recognised.
It is way past time that discrimination against same sex couples was ended, and that we take more steps forward to ensure equality for all in our community regardless of sexuality or gender.
Awareness of the importance of this issue remains possible with the support of the local community and that support can be put into action by attending the rally this weekend.
I will be attending on Saturday with my wife, family and many friends to give our full support to the rally for marriage equality.
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