The event was staged by Fathers4Justice to encourage dads to talk more about their love for their children, after a survey found almost a quarter of people believe mothers love their offspring more than fathers.
Galloway and West Dumfries’ Finlay Carson went along and said afterwards: “We need to change the culture around how parents are treated after separation. I am in support of equal parenting, where both mothers and fathers are given equal rights by the courts.
“I hope that this campaign will encourage father’s to be more open about their feelings for their children, and help to highlight the vital role many fathers play in their children’s lives.”
The aim of Tuesday’s rally was also to break the wall of silence surrounding the suicides of separated fathers in Scotland.
Explaining more, Fathers 4Justice founder Matt O’Conner said: “Nine men die every week from suicide in Scotland and 71 per cent of all suicides are men.
“Not only is suicide the biggest killer of men under 45 across the UK, but dads are three times more likely to die after separation than mothers.
“Men must become more comfortable talking about their feelings about their children and push to play an active part in their lives following a break-up.”