Sydnesiders Rally for Marriage Equality in the Country's Largest LGBTQ Demonstration Ever
A record number of Australians filled the Sydney CBD on Sunday to show their support for same-sex marriage ahead of the postal survey. More than 30,000 supporters gathered around Sydney's Town Hall before marching down Park and Elizabeth Streets towards Circular Quay, in what organisers are calling the largest LGBTQ demonstration in Australian history.
The streets were filled with rainbow-coloured get-ups, along with thousands of signs with messages such as "Our Love Shouldn't be a Debate", "Vote Yes!" and "Fear Should Not Decide the Future". Various politicians, such as opposition leader Bill Shorten and deputy leader Tanya Pilbersek, were also in attendance.
Speaking to the crowds, Mr. Shorten said: "We've got one last mountain to climb before we make marriage equality a reality, let's climb it together today."
The Sydney rally was organised by GetUp and Community Action Against Homophobia, with similar demonstrations held in Melbourne and Brisbane. They come a few days before the postal survey forms are due to be mailed out on September 12.