Simultaneous rallies were also held in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide and Hobart to celebrate the Marriage Equality National Day of Action on Saturday.
Co-convener of pro-gay marriage group Equal Love, Jessica Payne, says the amount of people who turned up to support the rally was testament to how much support the movement had.
“If one of the world’s most powerful people (Obama) is supporting gay marriage, then it just shows how backwards Julia Gillard and the government is,” she told the rally to thunderous applause.
Obama last week announced his unequivocal support for gay marriage in the lead-up to the US presidential elections.
Gillard has reaffirmed her opposition to gay marriage in the wake of Obama’s announcement.
Marriage equality supporters in Brisbane also heard from rock group Faker’s openly gay lead singer Nathan Hudson.
Hudson told the crowd that while he was not sure he ever wanted to marry, it was important he had a choice.
“I’m a human being and that’s all that should matter,” he said.
- Gillard slammed for gay rights stance (news.com.au)
- Gay marriage advocates rally around nation (news.theage.com.au)
- Australia’s Roxon says ‘time coming’ for gay marriage (dailystar.com.lb)
- Same-sex marriage advocates out in force (news.com.au)
- ‘Gay’ marriage stance hurts Obama among independents (wnd.com)
- PM unswayed by Obama’s gay marriage stance (abc.net.au)
- Gillard not likely to follow Obama (theage.com.au)