Almost eight years to the day after Australian law was rewritten to exclude same-sex marriage, about 300 rainbow-coloured, banner-carrying Sydneysiders have rallied in support of marriage equality.
They ignored Sydney's windy, wet weather on Saturday to attend the city’s rally for marriage equality to send a message to federal parliament that "we’re not giving up".
Many were dressed in rainbow colours, the unmistakable spectrum of gay pride, while others wore shirts and held signs to make their point through comedy.
"Would you rather I marry your daughter?" one young man’s shirt read, while another held a sign saying: "I’m the goddamn Batman, let me marry Robin."
A three-year-old child proudly held his sign for photographers, reading: "I love my aunty and her girlfriend."
Sydney Lord Mayor and independent state MP Clover Moore took her turn behind the microphone appealing to federal opposition leader Tony Abbott to allow his own gay sister the right to marry.
"He should vote to enable a new sister-in-law to become part of his family," Moore told the crowd.
"Legislating for marriage equality brings families together — he should realise that."
In June, a senate committee recommended that federal parliament pass legislation to legalise same-sex marriage and two private members bills to amend the marriage act are currently before parliament.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has allowed Labor Party MPs a conscience vote on same-sex marriage, but Abbott is standing firm on not providing the same concession for Liberal MP.
Australian Marriage Equality national convener Alex Greenwich told the rally "we will win".
"If the federal government fails the aspirations of our nation, we will get this done state by state and territory by territory," Greenwich said.
Last week, Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings announced the state would legislate its own marriage laws.
Giddings said Tasmania, which in 1997 became the last Australian state to legalise homosexuality, would be willing to take any legal challenge to the High Court.
Moore told the rally that "if Tony Abbott causes marriage equality to fail this time, NSW must follow Tasmania’s lead".
The rally, which marched down Sydney’s Oxford Street, marked the eighth anniversary of changes to the Marriage Act to define marriage as "the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others". Coinciding rallies took place at seven cities across the country.