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PHOTOS: The biggest rally for LGBTI rights in Australian history

Tens of thousands of people in cities around Australia hit the pavement to support marriage equality

PHOTOS: The biggest rally for LGBTI rights in Australian history
A very cute and very Australia sign at Sydney's marriage equality rally

More than 30,000 people took to the streets of Sydney to march for marriage equality in what became Australia’s largest LGBTI rally in history on Sunday.

Thousands of people also hit the streets in Brisbane and Hobart to convince their fellow Aussies to vote yes for same-sex marriage.

Today marks the first day Australians will receive a ballot in their letterboxes to vote on marriage equality. The Australian government is holding a non-binding postal survey on the issue.

If the majority of Australians vote in favour the parliament will then vote on the issue after the postal survey results are revealed on November 15.

Here are some of the best photos from the rally over the weekend.

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I love our country, I gloat about it wherever we go. I’m more than proud to call myself Australian, but also more than ashamed that Marriage Equality laws have not passed in Australia, yet. 🏳️‍🌈 I, as a fully straight woman, can still not fathom why this must be still disputed in Australian Government in 2017. I’ve moved around from country to coastal Australia, changed homes and schools around thirteen times and have met and known the most small minded people. The one important thing I learned? It isn’t about who you love, what you have or what you wear ☝🏼 it’s about how you treat people, and the government can’t treat people this way anymore. The other morning I heard my partner talk with someone on radio about how she believes the ‘Marriage Equality laws shouldn’t be passed, because the bible wrote marriage between a man and a woman’. So explain to me how we get John and Barry to become a couple in the eye of Australian law then? How does that legally fall into play if things go tits up for one of them? What if same sex couples have the same faith and beliefs as those in the Church but are shunned because of their sexuality? I heard that God doesn’t discriminate correct? This stupid debate sends my head and heart into a spiral. I’ve had people reach out to me that they have been in same sex relationships for up to ten years and over, raised children and been a completely happy normal couple, but are then segregated to some stupid statistic. I just felt the need to say something as I’ve been sick and jet lagged all day and was unable to make the rally at Town Hall earlier and feel like absolute shit about it, but thank you to those that did and I hope you rocked the fuck out of it. #LoveIsLove and I’m sick of the government prejudice, everyone should be… . #WakeUpAustralia ✊🏼 #Equality 🌈 #VoteYes ✔️ . P.S Congrats @_namilia_ on your #NYFW show today 💦

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Today in Australia, it is impossible for a gay couple to marry each other. The government is hog tied by a minority of Christian Conservatives, hell bent on stopping any reform of what constitutes marriage. With a vote in Parliament not on the cards, an expensive, non binding postal vote, costing tax payers $120m to conduct. Basically an extremely expensive opinion pole on what should be a matter between to loving people. Today some 30,000 people met on the steps of Sydney’s town all to show their support for marriage equality. As positive as the mood was, it was obvious people are just fed up of being treated as second class citizens. It’s 2017. It’s just not good enough. For what it’s worth, I am 100% voting Yes. Sydney, NSW, Australia. Photo: James Brickwood/Oculi #voteyes #marriageequality

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Today in Australia, it is impossible for a gay couple to marry each other. The government is hog tied by a minority of Christian Conservatives, hell bent on stopping any reform of what constitutes marriage. With a vote in Parliament not on the cards, an expensive, non binding postal vote, costing tax payers $120m to conduct. Basically an extremely expensive opinion pole on what should be a matter between to loving people. Today some 30,000 people met on the steps of Sydney’s town all to show their support for marriage equality. As positive as the mood was, it was obvious people are just fed up of being treated as second class citizens. It’s 2017. It’s just not good enough. For what it’s worth, I am 100% voting Yes. Sydney, NSW, Australia. Photo: James Brickwood/Oculi #voteyes #marriageequality

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SYDNEY ❤️💛💚💙💜

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Sydney, Australia #marriageequality march.

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Sydney turns out to say #yes #gaymarriage #marriageequality #equalrights #loveislove #instagay #sydney #sydneyharbour

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🌈🌈🌈 Y E S 🌈🌈🌈

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