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Kissing Women Forcibly Removed From Anti-Marriage Rally in Australia

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The women were dragged offstage while protesting a Christian group drumming up "no" votes on same-sex marriage. 

The fight for marriage equality rages on in the lead-up to the November 7 deadline for Australians to mail in their vote on whether they are for or against marriage equality before Parliament votes on the issue.

And it's getting heated, as evidenced by a pair of female protesters who were dragged offstage in a lip lock at a Coalition for Marriage "vote no" rally earlier this week.

The women, who have not been identified, rushed the stage and kissed for about 20 seconds before they were forcibly removed from the stage, locked in a kiss the entire time.

The managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby, Lyle Shelton, a group that continually fights to keep marriage between one man and one woman, posted a video of the women who were dragged off by a man before security got involved. Shelton wrote that one of the women shouted "fascists" into a microphone, according to The Daily Telegraph.

But they were not the only protesters to crash the event. A woman rushed the stage earlier and "violently resisted" security, Shelton tweeted earlier in the evening.

The results of Australia's mail-in vote on marriage equality are nonbinding, as Parliament will ultimately decide the fate of LGBT citizens. However, the mail-in ballot has inspired anti-LGBT groups to create harmful campaigns claiming that gay people are pedophiles and that marriage equality would lead to boys wearing dresses in school.

Watch the video of the protesters below.

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