Police drive in front of marchers holding signs and banners as they participate in a marriage equality march in central Sydney, Australia, October 21, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray

SYDNEY – (Reuters) – Thousands of people rallied around Australia on Saturday urging the legalization of same-sex marriage, one week before final ballots can be submitted in a contentious postal survey on the issue that has divided the country.
The largest crowd was in Sydney, where organizers said between 5,000 and 10,000 people gathered in front of Central Station before marching along one of the city’s biggest roads to Victoria Park.
“It’s a good reflection of the enthusiasm of people,” Australian Marriage Equality’s Tiernan Brady said. “They are very determined, very positive and not complacent.”
Other rallies in favor of same-sex marriage were held in the northern city of Brisbane and the central hub of Alice Springs.
Rallies organized by the Coalition for Marriage, the lead campaigner against same-sex marriage, also were held across the country.
The coalition, which includes the Australian Christian Lobby and other religious groups, encouraged …