THE fight to approve marriage equality in Australia has gone international and aims to step up the pressure on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
A TV commercial by All Out featuring photos of married same-sex couples from around the world on their wedding day will air 17 times on Sky News today.
[showads ad=MREC] Sky News was strategically chosen by All Out because it is screened inside the Federal Parliament buildings and will be seen in slots just ahead of popular news programmes such as AM Sportsline, PM Agenda, News Now and the Friday Show.
The couples in the ad are all members of All Out, a London-based global group fighting for the rights of LGBTI people who submitted their wedding photos to push for Australians to be granted the same rights as other gay and lesbian couples around the world.
“All Out members from Canada to Uruguay and South Africa to Belgium have sent their beautiful same-sex wedding photos to Malcolm Turnbull to remind him that Australia is lagging behind on marriage equality,” All Out interim executive director Leandro Ramos said.
“The photos will be aired in a TV ad on Sky News today, to urge the Prime Minister not to stand in the way of love, and instead allow a free vote on marriage equality in Australia.”
Couples submitted their photos to All Out through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the new TV ad.
The ad opens with the message “to Malcolm, with love” and then shows same-sex wedding photos from Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, the UK, the US and Uruguay.
The photos pile up through the ad, demonstrating how Australia is lagging behind its global allies by dragging its feet on marriage equality.
Its closing message says: “The world is saying ‘yes’ to marriage equality. It’s time you do the same. Now.”
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