“Marriage is under a concerted attack. With two same-sex “marriage” bills in the House of Representatives and one in the Senate, and a vote imminent, the future of marriage could even be decided on the very day of the Rally.” says Mrs Terri Kelleher from VIC, spokeswoman for the Australian Family Association, an organizer of the Rally.
Mrs Catherine Dodd from Sydney says “I will be going to the Rally for three little reasons – my children. I am concerned for their future. If marriage is redefined, the link between marriage and children will be extinguished. It is a big effort for me to get to Canberra for the Rally, but instead of using the children as an excuse to stay away, I realized they are the very reason I have to go.”
In countries where same-sex marriage has been legislated, the denial of freedom of conscience for those who disagree, has quickly followed.
Mr Warwick Marsh from Dads4Kids a speaker at the Rally says, “In Massachusetts, where same-sex marriage was legalized in 2003, parents risk jail to protect their children. In 2005, when David Parker of Lexington, who’s child was in kindergarten, strongly insisted on being notified when teachers were discussing homosexuality or transgenderism with his son, the school had him arrested and put in jail overnight. We call on everyone to make a stand to protect our children and our freedom.”
Mrs Mary-Louise Fowler, MC for the Rally, urges people to down tools and come to the Rally. “The fight for marriage is far from over. We must demonstrate our commitment for as long as it takes. National Marriage Day is the day designated each year to reigniting the fire of our determination. Everyone is encouraged to wear Red and Gold, symbolising long faithful marriage, and buy a Marriage Rosette in support of the Rally.”
Last year over 1,000 people attended the National Marriage Day Rally in the Great Hall of Parliament House. This year, with concern mounting over the imminent vote to redefine marriage, the National Marriage Day Rally will be held on the lawn in front of Parliament House to accommodate the large numbers expected.
A strong line-up of MP’s and senators from across the political spectrum will address the Rally.
Buses and cars are travelling from Sydney, regional centres and interstate. This years’ National Marriage Day Rally promises to be a colourful spectacle with people wearing the Ruby and Gold dress theme.
Marriage Rosettes, the emblem of National Marriage Day, will be available at the Rally.
For more information, visit www.marriageday.org.au
What: National Marriage Day Rally
When: 11.00am – 1.00pm, Tuesday 14th August 2012
Where: Lawn in Front of the Parliament House, Canberra