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Government says Yes to Braddon street party to celebrate survey result

By Ian Bushnell 14 November 2017 23

Lonsdale Street in Braddon will be closed off tomorrow night for a street party to celebrate what organisers are expecting to be a Yes vote in the marriage equality survey.

Hopscotch Bar owner Kate Parkinson said what was at first a private function for the Yes campaign took on a life of its own thanks to Facebook where at last count up to 2,000 people had said they would be joining the party.

She said Australian Marriage Equality had approached the bar to hold its survey results party but four days ago they advised that the expected numbers had exceeded the Hopscotch Bar’s capacity.

The group then asked the ACT Government about closing Lonsdale Street and received approval to close part of the road near Hopscotch Bar from 6 pm.

“From a chilled in-house private party it has turned into a full-blown street party,” Ms Parkinson said.

She said the entire top half of Lonsdale Street would be chalked into a rainbow, Braddon food and drink vendors would host portable food vans and pop-up bars and DJs brought into to entertain the crowd.

Hopscotch will be festooned with ‘Yes’ posters, balloons and rainbows; beer taps rebadged ‘Yes’, ‘Si’, ‘Ja’, ‘Oui’ etc., and an ‘Equality’ cocktail will be served.

Guests will include prominent Yes campaign politicians including ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr, Senator Penny Wong and Senator Dean Smith, who are listed to speak.

Ms Parkinson isn’t expecting a No victory but even that wouldn’t dampen the spirit of everyone involved.

“Everyone has worked really hard to get this where it is, and hopefully it’ll be a Yes vote,” she said.

“Everyone should have the opportunity to have the same rights with their loved ones as part of being a free nation.”

Transport Canberra and City Services advises that  a small section of Lonsdale Street in both directions will be closed between Elouera Street and Cooyong Street from 6pm till 11pm.

Alternative routes will be in place along Mort Street and Torrens Street, and signage and barriers will be in place to alert motorists of the closure.

The Hopscotch Bar party kicks off from 5pm, with celebrations moving on to the street after 6pm.

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dungfungus 6:36 pm 17 Nov 17

Holden Caulfield said :

dungfungus said :

…and I don’t rate SSM as important.

This is the problem with the way many people approach voting. Me, me me!

I do understand, of course, that it’s natural to vote for one’s own preferences and initiatives that you support individually. And that’s fine.

However, I wish more people would approach voting with a much broader view, one that takes in the thoughts and considerations of others, even if it may not be central to one’s own benefit.

I’m straight, so you could say that SSM is not important to me, either. However, not only do I consider that to be a cop out made from a position of relative privilege in this instance, it’s also not taking into consideration the wider, and not insubstantial, issues of fairness and equality. Further, to vote no just because it’s not important to me would show a lack of compassion to those for whom this is a very important issue.

My yes vote does little to directly change my way of life, but my support for SSM has made a small contribution to the acceptance and happiness for a section of our community who should have just as much right to be legally married as I do. And, importantly, to enjoy the same benefits under law that has hitherto been denied to same-sex relationships.

Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes and all that.

So, how many of these people that you know are going to use the impending changes to the Marriage Act?

GrumpyMark 6:15 pm 17 Nov 17

dungfungus said :

… I don’t rate SSM as important.

So why waste your precious time even commenting in this post?

Holden Caulfield 2:11 pm 17 Nov 17

dungfungus said :

…and I don’t rate SSM as important.

This is the problem with the way many people approach voting. Me, me me!

I do understand, of course, that it’s natural to vote for one’s own preferences and initiatives that you support individually. And that’s fine.

However, I wish more people would approach voting with a much broader view, one that takes in the thoughts and considerations of others, even if it may not be central to one’s own benefit.

I’m straight, so you could say that SSM is not important to me, either. However, not only do I consider that to be a cop out made from a position of relative privilege in this instance, it’s also not taking into consideration the wider, and not insubstantial, issues of fairness and equality. Further, to vote no just because it’s not important to me would show a lack of compassion to those for whom this is a very important issue.

My yes vote does little to directly change my way of life, but my support for SSM has made a small contribution to the acceptance and happiness for a section of our community who should have just as much right to be legally married as I do. And, importantly, to enjoy the same benefits under law that has hitherto been denied to same-sex relationships.

Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes and all that.

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