Date
24 October 2017
Cyd Ho (second from left) and other members of the Big Love Alliance march under a giant banner of the LGBT community. Photo: Reuters
Cyd Ho (second from left) and other members of the Big Love Alliance march under a giant banner of the LGBT community. Photo: Reuters

Gay rights group plans September rally for same-sex marriage

Gay rights group Big Love Alliance (BLA) said it has no plans to raise the issue of same-sex marriage in the July 1 protest in the wake of the US Supreme Court ruling declaring the legality of marriage between two people of the same sex, Ming Pao Daily reported on Monday.

BLA spokesperson Cyd Ho, who is a member of the Legislative Council representing the Labour Party, said the group will focus on Pink Dot Hong Kong, an annual event in support of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, which is scheduled for September.

The BLA plans to commission the Public Opinion Programme (POP) of the University of Hong Kong to conduct a survey later this year on the issue of equal rights for the LGBT community.

Meanwhile, the US ruling has raised concerns among local organizations which are against same-sex marriage.

The Family School Sexual Orientation Discrimination Ordinance Concern Group, an anti-gay-rights group, has started a signature campaign to assail the US ruling, which it said will have a profound impact on human rights and justice.

The group said same-sex marriage violates the right of parents to teach proper conduct and moral virtues to their children.

Wong Wai-ming, convenor of the group, said they will first assess the number of people signing up for the petition before deciding whether they would submit it to the US Consulate General in Hong Kong.

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