Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren called on marriage equality allies to speak out more vocally as she congratulated Rachelle and Hayley Bennett for their highly publicised marriage thanks to the British Consulate and local radio station Hit92.9.
Orchestrated by Radio Station Hit92.9’s Heidi Anderson, the wedding took advantage of a loophole in the system allowing the lesbian couple to get married if at least one partner held British citizenship.
Ms MacLaren said Rachelle and Hayley Bennett’s marriage, although unfortunately not recognised by Australia, really highlighted broad public support for marriage equality.
“It is truly inspiring to me to see that this couple’s wedding has encouraged more marriage equality allies to come out into the open,” she said.
“To see businesses in the community come out and really throw their support behind Rachelle and Hayley, with the promotion from Hit 92.9, is an excellent indicator of just how supportive the community at large is of genuine marriage equality.
“I would like to thank each and every person who was a part of this wonderful event, especially Hit 92.9 for orchestrating such a powerful public statement about marriage equality.
“Now is the time to speak up and show your support for equality; there will be a tipping point and let’s make sure it’s soon!”