The Equality Campaign on Sunday launched what they’re touting as the largest marriage equality campaign in Australian history.
A nurse, a firefighter, a lifesaver and a soldier feature in a new TV ad and on billboards. They all call for the government to allow all MPs a free vote on marriage equality.
Why do our jobs
In the ad, the workers ask why politicians deny them the right to marry despite the services they provide other Australians.
“We do our jobs. It’s about time politicians did theirs.”
The Equality Campaign’s director described it as the “It’s Only Fair” campaign. Tiernan Brady said it features “real people from across Australia who make this country better.
“Our soldiers, doctors, nurses, lifesavers and firefighters are people who Australians are proud of but at the same time cannot marry the person they love in the country they serve.
“Our campaign is not going away, and will only get stronger, until federal parliament delivers this straightforward and strongly-supported reform that is all about fairness.”
Australian Marriage Equality spokesperson Shirleene Robinson said two-thirds of Australians and a majority of politicians also support the reform.
“Marriage equality will not change anything for the vast majority of Australians, but will make a profound difference to the status and dignity of many,” she said.
Largest Marriage Equality Campaign
Fairfax Media reported on Saturday that a group of Liberal MPs who support marriage equality are pushing for a free vote in the parliament in the hopes a vote on the reform could be held this year.
But Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull poured cold water on the news on Sunday night. He blamed Labor opposition leader Bill Shorten for the delayed reform in an interview with 60 Minutes.
“We took the plebiscite position to the election that is our policy and we are calling on Bill Shorten to rethink his position and if he supports the plebiscite then it will pass through the Senate and it will be held. Every Australian will have a say.”
Labor MP Terri Butler said the defeat of the legislation made talk of a plebiscite irrelevant.
“We can get this done now. We can have marriage equality before Mardis Gras.
“All it will take is a free vote on the floor of the parliament on a bill to amend the Marriage Act.”
— 60 Minutes Australia (@60Mins) February 5, 2017
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