ABBOTT MET BY SUNSHINE COAST EQUAL MARRIAGE PROTESTERS


Photo: Francois Clement

Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s visit to Noosa this month has been met with protests from a large group of local LGBT activists advocating for marriage equality.

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Promoted as “The Noosa Love Parade”, the substantial group met at Noosa Woods and marched towards the holiday destination’s famed Hastings St where Mr Abbott was joining Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss at a lunch celebrating Truss’ 25 years in politics.

One of the organisers of the march Robin Bristow told QNews that the demonstration was peaceful but was successful in getting its message across.

“Our protest march in support of Marriage Equality right outside the restaurant in which they were dining certainly made a point,” Mr Bristow said.

“It was a great success with a large cross spectrum of our rainbow community turning up – including lots of excited children.”

Local activists have also recently been pushing for Noosa Council to join 35 other councils across Australia, including rival tourist destination Byron Bay, in offering their official support for marriage equality. As a popular wedding destination, activists hope that a show of support from the council towards same-sex couples may help bolster the local economy.