PREACHING LOVE, NOT HATE: Kelly Drake is excited about this weekends’ Dykes on Bikes Equality Rally, which will travel through Rockhampton tomorrow.
PREACHING LOVE, NOT HATE: Kelly Drake is excited about this weekends’ Dykes on Bikes Equality Rally, which will travel through Rockhampton tomorrow. Allan Reinikka Rokabike

Rockhampton equality rally puts spotlight on marriage

IN an era where Kim Kardashian can get married for 72 days and strangers can do it for television ratings, Kelly Drake wants to know why gay marriage is still illegal in Australia.

Tomorrow the Gracemere woman will be flying the rainbow flag high during an Equality Rally through Rockhampton, featuring the Queensland chapter of Dykes on Bikes.

"We're kind of making a statement, we're here, we're out, we're happy," Kelly said.

While Kelly said the rally was not intended to be political, they are hoping to put the spotlight on the push for marriage equality.

"The marriage thing is one of the big issues, I'd like that to come out," she said.

"I don't know why but we are lagging behind.

"I wish some of our politicians would really get in and support it and come down."

But Kelly believes it's a matter of when, not if, marriage equality will be achieved Australia.

"You can debate all day about it, but everyone's' human … we're not hurting anyone else," she said.

"I think just about the majority of Australians all want it, so why not give us the vote?

"I'm sure we will get it if they let us vote, and not leave it for the (political) parties."

The DOB Equality Rally be held from about 12pm to 3pm at Victoria Park, and will then lead a drive around Rockhampton.

The family friendly event is open to everyone with live entertainment, a sausage sizzle and limited free soft serves for kids available.

"It doesn't matter whether you're gay or straight, we just want everybody to just go out and have a good time," Kelly said.

Dykes on Bikes

Dykes on Bikes are using the event to fundraise for Open Doors Youth Service, who provide counselling and support services to gay youth.



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