A national protest marking the second anniversary of the federal same-sex marriage ban drew thousands to the streets of state capitals and regional centres on the weekend.In Sydney, an estimated 1,000 people attended a National Day of Action rally at Taylor Square on Sunday before marching to Hyde Park for a symbolic loving vows ceremony for same-sex partners.Organisers of a similar march in Melbourne on the same day said 1,500 people attended to protest same-sex couples’ legal inequality.
Smaller demonstrations took place in Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra and Hobart.The Tasmanian event saw activists sign a sad anniversary card to mark two years since the gay marriage ban passed federal parliament.NSW regional centres in Lismore and the Blue Mountains also hosted protest events over the weekend.We have seen an increase in bashings and verbal abuse since the banning of same-sex marriage, Sydney protest co-organiser Simon Margan from Community Action Against Homophobia said.Today’s protest is one more step in the mass movement campaign for our full rights.

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