Brisbane rallies for equal marriage rights

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Brisbane equal marriage rights rally, August 13.

Up to 400 people gathered in Queens Park here on August 13, as part of a national day of action for equal marriage rights.

The rally and march that followed were called for the seventh anniversary of the former Howard government's 2004 ban on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex (LGBTI) people's legal right to marry.

Speakers included Labor MP for the state seat of Brisbane Central Grace Grace, and Queensland Greens Senator Larissa Waters. Grace told the audience that she was supporting a motion for equal marriage rights being proposed for the ALP National Conference in Sydney in December, and expected it would be adopted.

Waters urged increased public pressure on federal MPs from the major parties to force them to take a stand for marriage equality. "The right to choose is a basic entitlement, " she said.

Marchers chanted loudly as they proceeded through city streets, "Hey, Hey! Ho, ho! Homophobia's got to go!"

To close the demonstration, the audience were filmed chanting: "Brisbane demands equality! Brisbane demands better!"

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