(CNN) -- Thousands of Lebanese took to the streets Sunday to call for an end to the country's deep-rooted sectarian system.
Civic rights in Lebanon currently function under a multiconfessional system where power is distributed proportionally among religious communities and leaders within those groups determine rights rather than the government.
Issues arise under this system, where government seats are allocated by religious affiliation and marriage decisions are dealt with primarily in confessional courts.
Sunday's "Laique Pride" march aims to create awareness of the growing Lebanese secular movement.
"The goal is to create a face for a secular Lebanon," said organizer Kinda Hassan. "We are demanding that religion and politics stay separate and politics stay separate from an individual's religion."
The Lebanese Laique Pride -- the group behind the march -- began as a discussion thread on sectarianism on the social networking site, Facebook.
Three months later, the discussion led to the creation of Sunday's march that now has more than 7,000 confirmed attendees.