US President Barack Obama's public support for gay marriage highlights how ''backwards'' Prime Minister Julia Gillard's views are, a gay rights campaigner says.
Hundreds of pro-gay marriage supporters packed Queen's Park in Brisbane's CBD on Saturday to urge the federal government to give gays and lesbians the right to marry.
Simultaneous rallies were also held in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide and Hobart to celebrate the Marriage Equality National Day of Action on Saturday.
Co-convener of pro-gay marriage group Equal Love, Jessica Payne, says the amount of people who turned up to support the rally was testament to how much support the movement had.
''If one of the world's most powerful people (Mr Obama) is supporting gay marriage, then it just shows how backwards Julia Gillard and the government is,'' she told the rally to thunderous applause.
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