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The Freedom To Marry


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The Freedom To Marry

THE FREEDOM TO MARRY is the nail-biting behind-the-scenes story of the architects of this historic civil rights movement and the brilliant, nerve-wracking campaign to win same sex marriage throughout the United States. Where do we stand here in Australia? Be part of this inspiring and thought-provoking film & conversation event and explore one of the biggest issues of our time.

THE FREEDOM TO MARRY follows Evan Wolfson, the architect the movement, civil rights attorney Mary Bonauto and their key colleagues on this decades long battle, culminating in a dramatic fight at the United States Supreme Court. More than the saga of one movement's history, this is an inspiring tale of how regular people can change the world.

Q&A Panel
Claire and Steph, The Cofeeding Mums
When Claire and Steph became friends over 15 years ago, they never imagined that in their early twenties the friendship would turn into a deep loving connection. Claire (29) a naturopath and Steph (27) a primary school teacher have been "domestically partnered" for 2.5 years, this was the only way for them to have their relationship recognised legally in Australia. They celebrated their love along with family and friends at their wedding in 2014 but continue to hold out hope that one day they will be legally married in Australia. They live in Elwood with their 4 month old daughter LJ, dog Daisy and cat Luna. 

Mark Dreyfus, Federal Member for Isaacs, Shadow Attorney-General
Mark is one of Parliament’s leading supporters of marriage equality, believing that the best governments are those that seek to ensure that Australian laws reflect our national values of fairness and equality of opportunity.
Mark has always voted in favour of marriage equality during his time in Parliament and looks forward to the day that we can celebrate marriage equality in Australia.

Alex Greenwich, Co-Chair of Australian Marriage Equality
Australian Marriage Equality is one of the leading advocates for marriage equality. Alex has campaigned for marriage equality for the past ten years and during that time support has been growing in the community and in the parliament. Whether it is meeting with political leaders or speaking at regional town hall forums Alex is committed to ensuring all Australians have the freedom to marry the person they love in the country they love. Alex is also the Independent Member for Sydney in the New South Wales parliament. 

About the event
Join us at Shirley Burke Theatre in Parkdale, Bayside Melbourne for a nourishing meal, fresh juice, snacks, beer and wine, all available for purchase before the film. Connect with our community and explore what's on offer from our local business exhibitors. There's also great prizes in our raffle thanks to our exhibitors and generous local businesses.

Event program
5.45pm doors open, nourishing food and drink available, local exhibitors
6.45pm film commences
8.30pm Q&A panel followed by prize raffle
9.00pm event concludes

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