Marriage equality roadshow stops in Port Macquarie

Yes vote: Theo Comino, Andrew Moore and Mitchell Clout supporting the marriage equality yes vote in Port Macquarie on Friday.
Yes vote: Theo Comino, Andrew Moore and Mitchell Clout supporting the marriage equality yes vote in Port Macquarie on Friday.

How you vote in the marriage equality campaign is a personal choice.

But according to a group of vote yes campaigners in Port Macquarie on Friday, everyone should participate in the decision.

The trio stopped in Port Macquarie as part of a 1200 kilometre round trip from Sydney.

Newcastle and Taree were the first stops with Coffs Harbour, Armidale and Tamworth also included on the schedule.

Andrew Moore said the idea of the road trip was pretty simple.

“No matter what anyone says, love is love,” he said.

“This campaign is just about equality and wanting to see two people legally able to marry.

“It isn’t about anything else. It is not about church, families or children … it is, literally, two people who love each other and wanting to get married.”

We have had a couple of negative comments but we have also had an overwhelming positive reaction.

Mitchell Clout

Theo Comino said he was participating because he wanted to make sure that everyone knew that the postal survey was happening.

“People can be apathetic. But we want to encourage everyone to get out there and vote, particularly if you are supporting the yes campaign,” he said. “But everyone should be voting.

“Survey forms are currently being circulating with many people we have spoken with today have already received their forms.”

Mitchell Clout, who organised the road trip, said the reaction had been positive.

“We have had a couple of negative comments but we have also had an overwhelming positive reaction,” he said.

“One person in Taree came up to us and told us that it was really great to see openly gay blokes handing out information on the yes vote on the streets.

“It was quite emotional.

“And in Newcastle, many businesses were very supportive of our cause and their response was fantastic.

“They all wanted to take flyers, sticks and information. It was great.”

The trio said they strongly believed in the grassroots campaign for making positive change.

Mr Moore said Port Macquarie had ‘also opened their arms to us'.

“For regional areas, in particular, it can be more difficult being a young gay person with so much negative stuff coming out of metropolitan areas.

“We are showing a positive message for the yes vote,” he said.