• Hundreds of people came together on the steps of the Victoria's State Library to rally in support of same sex marriage (AAP)Source: AAP
Supporters of marriage equality marched in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Canberra at the weekend.
Bianca Soldani

27 Jun 2016 - 4:57 PM  UPDATED 27 Jun 2016 - 4:57 PM

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of five Australians cities at the weekend to rally against a marriage equality plebiscite ahead of the federal election on July 2.

The marches were organised by non-profit organisation Equal Love and pushed for discrimination against LGBTQIA+ relationships to end.

Despite being openly in favour of same-sex marriage, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has promised to put the matter to the public in the form of a nation-wide vote if re-elected.

Many are unhappy with the plan, as it will cost taxpayers $160 million and doesn't guarantee that the result at the polls will be translated into law when parliament are later called to vote on the people's decision. 

In contrast, the Labor Party has vowed to hold a vote on marriage equality in parliament within the first 100 days of government should they win the election.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has been drawing parallels between Mr Turnbull's persistence to hold a plebiscite and former British Prime Minister David Cameron who was forced to resign after losing the Brexit referendum he called.


Mr Shorten and his wife Chloe were among the 2,000 people in attendance at Queen's Park for the Brisbane rally, where he told reporters, "David Cameron never wanted to have this referendum - sounds familiar, doesn't it?"

"Poor old Mr Turnbull, he knows that this marriage equality plebiscite is not the right way to go. He is a weak man beholden to the right wing of his party."


Singer Dan Sultan and Victorian premier Daniel Andrews were the guests of honour in Melbourne, where people gathered at the State Library.

Sitting under a rainbow coloured marquee, Dan delighted marchers with a musical set including a rendition of Prince's Purple Rain.


Meanwhile, in Sydney people gathered outside Town Hall in the CBD and were treated to a speech by pop singers Lisa and Jessica Origliasso from the Veronicas.

Taking to twitter afterwards, Lisa wrote: "Such an honour to speak @ rally for #MarriageEquality today. The LGBTQIA+ community have always embraced me with pure love & understanding... I was so moved by everyone speaking and marching today. I'll never stop fighting."


People stood outside of shops at Perth's Murray Street Mall waving flags and chanting on megaphones for their rally.


In Canberra, protesters braved a chilly Sunday to gather at Garema Place swathed in the colours from the rainbow flag.