Australians show their support for marriage equality while one man “crusades” to help same-sex couples attain rights.

Thousands of people marched in Australia as part of the National Day of Action, which marked the three year anniversary of gay marriage being outlawed. Prime Minister John Howard’s Liberal government passed federal legislation in 2004 banning same-sex marriage. The largest of the marches was in Melbourne, where more than 5,000 people attended.

Earlier this month, the federal government announced plans to prohibit gay couples adopting from abroad.

In the meantime, Federal Minister for the Environment, Malcolm Turnbull, has increased lobbying efforts to convince his cabinet colleagues to allow same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual married and de facto couples.

The proposed legislative update to approve marriage equality occurs right after the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission published a report finding same-sex couples are discriminated against in 58 areas of financial and work-related rights.

Turnbull represents a large gay and lesbian population in the suburbs of Wentworth. He’s a longtime friend of the local gay community along with his wife, who is the chairwoman of the AIDS Trust.

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