Australia's biggest-ever marriage marches

16 Aug 2010

By Matt Akersten

The organisers of yesterday's rallies for same-sex marriage across Australia are claiming the massive turnouts marked the largest ever mass co-ordinated protests for gay equality in Australian history.

Gay marriage rallies, marches and events in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Hobart, Perth and several other centres together massed well over 10,000 people in the fight for marriage equality.

The crowd for Melbourne's march was by far the biggest seen at a same-sex marriage rally this year, and Sydney appeared to have double the marchers it had attracted for the last protest in May - an estimated 2,000 people.

"It's really not a big deal," TV presenter Ruby Rose told the huge crowd outside the State Library of Victoria yesterday. "It's about human rights, it's about getting rid of discrimination, and treating everyone equally. It's not just about the law, it's about letting people love."

Popular Comedian Wil Anderson hosted Sydney's rally, while Brisbane's colourful march also attracted the city's biggest Equal Love crowd ever.

Hundreds of people also assembled outside Parliment House in Hobart, where a symbolic 'Wall of Discrimination' was demolished.

The Equal Love campaign promises to keep up the fight for equal marriage rights following next weekend's election - the next nationwide 'day of action' is planned for Saturday 27 November.

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