The rally was attended by approximately 20 people.

Protesters in Darlinghurst, central Sydney, have held an anti same-sex marriage rally flanked by “straight lives matter” signs.

Reportedly, only 20 people showed up to the rally, and over 60 police officers were called to assist due to the number of counter-protesters.

Organiser of the rally, Nick Folkes, said: “Some people have said it’s provocative but we’re just exercising our democratic right to freedom of speech and freedom of location.

“I have real concerns about not just being about gay marriage, but a much broader agenda.

He continued: “We’re acting within the boundaries of law. I do believe we’ve got a right to be there, just as gay people have a right to be anywhere in support of their cause.”

Australia’s controversial same-sex marriage postal vote has resulted in anti-equality campaigners protesting their outdated beliefs across the country.

Last weekend, protesters wrote “Vote No” across the skies of Sydney.

In a recent poll, 63% of Australians said they intend to vote in favour of same-sex marriage. However, LGBT+ activists have criticised the $122 million procedure, arguing it will give homophobes a platform to vote hate – which it already has.

Apple have recently used their latest revelation – the iPhone X – to support same-sex marriage.

Their statement read: “We support marriage equality and believe all Australians deserve the freedom to marry the person they love, and to have their relationships recognised with the same dignity and legal protections as their neighbours, friends, and family.”

Last year, Kylie Minogue and ex-fiance Joshua Sasse introduced the highly-publicised Say ‘I Do’ Down Under campaign after stating they wouldn’t get married until same-sex couples could do the same.

Thor hunk Chris Hemsworth came out in support of same-sex marriage, posting on Instagram: “Dear open minded, free speaking, laid back, life loving Aussies. Marriage is about love and commitment and, in a country based on equal citizenship, it should be available to everyone!”

His brother, Liam Hemsworth, also voiced his support: “I personally do not believe that same sex marriage should come down to a vote. I believe it’s a HUMAN RIGHT to be able to marry the person you love regardless of gender.

“To all the Australians that care about equality and human rights please say YES to same sex marriage. Let’s not be silly about this. Vote YES for same sex marriage in Australia.”

The results of Australia’s postal vote isn’t binding, but it will give politicians a better idea of what the public wants when they perform a vote in parliament.

 

This article was originally published on Gay Times Magazine. Read the original article.