A thousand people turned up to rally for equal marriage rights on Sunday afternoon in Sydney, in a bid to urge the government to legalise same-sex marriage.

Speakers at the rally included New South Wales (NSW) Greens MP Cate Faehrmann and Australian Marriage Equality (AME) national convener Rodney Croome.

Co-Convenor of Community Action Against Homophobia Bryn Hutchinson said:

“This was the first marriage equality rally since the federal government failed to pass legislation that would have given us full citizenship. It was great to see such a turn out of supporters and members of the community.

“It sends a strong message that we will not be giving up or going away just because parliament refused to give us the equal rights we are entitled to.

“We already know politicians are trailing behind the rest of the Australian public on this issue, with 65% of Australians supporting equality. It is simply a matter of time before we have equal marriage in Australia.”

Last week, marriage equality advocates in Australia welcomed a new draft national anti-discrimination law which aims to protect gay Australians from unfair treatment in employment and services.