Hundreds rally for same-sex marriage in Australia


Hundreds of same-sex marriage advocates, some dressed as Jesus Christ and the Pope, have gathered in Brisbane as part of a national day of protest.  Gay and lesbian rights’ protests were held across the country on Saturday ahead of the ALP National Conference in December.

Queensland Greens Senator Larissa Waters was among the speakers at the rally in Brisbane’s Queens Park.

She encouraged them to write to their federal MPs and call for the Labor party to allow their members to have a conscience vote on the issue.

"The Greens have got a bill before parliament to remove that definition of marriage as being only between a man and a woman to allow anyone who loves them to marry them," Ms Waters told AAP.

"The Labor party is well aware of the bill before parliament and we are holding off on bringing it back in until the federal Labor party gives its members a conscience vote at the national conference."

Ms Waters said state Labor governments, including the Queensland government, have shown support for same-sex marriage.

"The Queensland Labor conference recently supported marriage rights for all but the problem is the marriage act is a federal law," she said.

"SA, ACT and WA state Labor also supported gay marriage rights at their conferences but the NSW Labor party did not."

Hundreds rally for same-sex marriage

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