Marriage equality activists will again hit the streets on Saturday in an attempt to keep same-sex marriage on the agenda in a federal election year.

Protests are expected in capital cities on May 15, with the Melbourne rally scheduled for 1pm at the State Library.

Equal Love convenor James Vigus told Southern Star he believes gay marriage is still a hot topic and expects a large turnout on the weekend.

“It’s never hard to get support because when confronted with the issue, the GLBTI community thinks [the gay marriage ban is] outrageous and the wider community is surprised that this ban is still in place.

“It’s an issue that isn’t going away. People aren’t getting tired of it otherwise we simply wouldn’t be getting the support we are.”

Equal Love’s most recent rally in March attracted 1500 people. Last November’s rally attracted a 2000-strong crowd.

Speakers will include Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Victorian education minister Bronwyn Pike and United Firefighters Union national secretary Peter Marshall. Vigus said a petition of over 80,000 signatures will be presented to Hanson-Young.

JOY presenter Doug Pollard will take on MC duties with entertainment from Polly Filla and blues and roots band Jungal.

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