More than 100 people took to the streets of Perth this afternoon to call for an end to the ban on same-sex marriage ahead of next week’s Federal election.
Marriage equality advocates gathered at Stirling Gardens as part of a series of equal love rallies being held across the county.
WA Greens Senator Scott Ludlum told the crowd he did not think it would be too long before same-sex marriage was legalised in Australia.
“These laws aren’t written by God,” he said.
“We have separation of church and state in this country, these laws are written by human beings and here is one that needs to be re-written.
“Next time we stand here I would like it to be a celebration of having won and may that day come soon.”
The rally paid tribute to Perth activist Amber Maxwell, 20, who committed suicide last week.
Ms Maxwell was a fierce campaigner for Perth’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community and a regular fixture at public rallies.
A minute's “rage” involving party poppers and streamers was held for Ms Maxwell to honour her life and the struggles she faced as a transwoman.
Equal Love WA convener Sam Cavallaro described her as a “great fighter” who dedicated her life to making the world a better place.
“She was not a passive victim of the cruelties of this world,” he said.
“She knew that she had no choice but to resist and to fight back against the sickness of this system.
“She was always the first to grab the megaphone and the last to stop chanting.”If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal or needs help, contact Lifeline on 131 114.