Thousands rally in Australia for marriage equality

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Thousands of supporters of marriage equality have taken to the streets of Australia to push for it to be made legal there.

Thousands took to the streets of Sydney today, and hundreds in Perth.

Rallies also took place in Brisbane and Hobart on Saturday.

Organisers hope to call on MPs to vote for equality legislation.

Yesterday in Hobart, Tasmania, 1,500 squashed themselves into the city hall to show their support.

The marches come ahead of the resuming of the federal parliament this week, after which a cross-party bill for same-sex marriage will be introduced.

Rallies have already taken place this year, to push for MPs to be given a free vote on the issue.

Same-sex marriage has proven difficult in Australia, and Prime Minister Tony Abbott is a staunch opponent.

Voices from across the political spectrum are loudening in the calls for the legalisation of marriage equality.