In an effort to throw celebrity weight behind the Equal Love same-sex marriage campaign, a Facebook petition is calling for some local support from US pop star Pink.
Southern Star heard rumours last month that Pink had been approached for the rally, however a spokeswoman from tour promoter Michael Coppel confirmed she had already turned down a request.
-œA request for Pink to attend the event was put forward to management, however unfortunately she is unable to attend. This was conveyed to Equal Love early this month, spokeswoman Fiona Lakin said.
Undeterred, the Facebook petition aims to garner support from thousands of supporters before re-addressing Pink’s management -“ as the site says, -œyou never know.
Pink, who has a huge lesbian following, was spotted marching in an anti-Prop 8 rally last year in the US, which has buoyed local hopes.
The singer is scheduled to perform at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on the day of the rally.
-œWe all know that Pink is a huge supporter of gay rights. We also know that she will be in Australia in August on her national tour, the site states.
-œPink has stated elsewhere that she would go to any gay marriage rally in any city that she is in. We are just holding her to her word!
JOY 94.9 broadcaster Doug Pollard and Lulu McClatchy (SuperGirly) have been announced as MC’s for the Melbourne rally.
Former Australian Idol finalist and Wicked cast member Rob Mills recently added his name to the Equal Love campaign, recording an advertisement on JOY 94.9 and penning an opinion article for commentary website, The Punch.
-œI can’t believe that in Australia in 2009 we still don’t allow same-sex couples to get married. The rest of the world does; it’s high time that we did as well, Mills said.
-œAllowing same-sex couples to marry has no effect on anyone else. Of course we should allow it. It’s kind of a no-brainer!
Equal Love spokesman Tony Pitman said Australia’s same-sex marriage ban was a human rights violation that all Australians should be concerned about, regardless of their sexual orientation.
-œAll we’re asking for is equality, pure and simple, he said.
info: Equal Love Melbourne rally is on Saturday August at 1pm @ Federation Square.