Thousands marched from the state through Melbourne’s streets at the rainbow march for marriage equality in Australia.
The rainbow march is a well-known parade held for LGBT rights. It was established in Japan in 1996.
Australians are currently taking part in the Marriage Law Postal Survey, which is asking whether the law should be changed to allow same-sex marriage.
Bill Shorten, the leader of the Labor Party has urged supporters of the YES campaign to fight “one day more” than the NO campaign to help return a yes vote on the voluntary postal survey.
Speaking to the crowd before the march began, Shorten praised the work of the Yes campaign. He then asked them to keep their endurance up in the final five weeks of the vote.
“Ask yourself, have you got it within you to go one day more than the no case?” he said.
“That is the contest. Are you strong enough to go one day more for the yes case than the no case?”.
While the crowd was gathering in Melbourne two airborne messages, one in support of marriage equality and one against, took to the skies above Sydney and the Gold Coast.
A helicopter towing a large rainbow flag was flown across Sydney, where two weeks ago the no campaign raised $2,500 for a skywriter to write “vote no”.
At the Gold Coast in Queensland, another plane towed the message, “safe schools just the start vote no”.
As Australians fight for LGBT rights and long to make same-sex marriage legal, many celebs have come forward to help them with the initiative.
US rapper, Macklemore, has pledged to donate Australian earnings from his song Same Love to the Yes campaign for marriage equality.
The star has found himself at the centre of the country’s gay marriage debate after receiving a backlash from conservative commentators who were unhappy that he will perform the marriage equality anthem at Sunday’s rugby league grand final in Sydney.
“I haven’t figured it out yet but I … want to donate my portion of the proceeds from Same Love that I get off of that record here in Australia to voting yes.” Macklemore told the Nine Network on Saturday.
Liam Hemsworth, Hugh Jackman, Margot Robbie and Ellen Degeneres also took it to Twitter and Instagram to promote the campaign.
However, the Australian Bureau of Statistics will not accept any votes on the postal survey past 7 November. The results will be posted on the ABS website on 15 November.
According to the finance minister, Mathias Cormann, if the results show a majority yes vote then the government would facilitate bringing a private member’s bill before parliament. And in the final sitting weeks of the year, the Marriage Act will be changed and same-sex couples will be allowed to get married.
Cormann said that there have been a high level of enthusiasm in the survey. From this week, the ABS will publish weekly estimates of how many survey forms have been received.
Speaking at the rally in Melbourne, the Greens leader, Richard Di Natale, thanked the yes campaign. He also appreciated them for standing up for “a country that is more loving, a country that is fairer, that’s more decent”.