Celebrities support gay marriage campaign

Australian celebrities and athletes have joined forces calling for marriage equality in a series of advertisements to hit television screens.


Two ads featuring actors Hugo Weaving and Julia Morris started screening on Sunday, kicking off Australian Marriage Equality’s new #WeCanDoThis campaign.

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The actors, along with AFL footballers from St Kilda and Hawthorn, religious leaders and former reality TV contestants are featured making hearts with their hands while calling for respect and equality.

“We’ve waited long enough,” Morris says in the ad.

“Everybody deserves to be equal.”

Australian Marriage Equality says the campaign coincides with a cross-party bill to legalise gay marriage, due to be introduced when federal parliament resumes this week.

Deputy campaign director Ivan Hinton-Teoh, whose parents feature in the campaign, says the ads are being broadcast on Sky News in a bid to reach undecided politicians.

“We’ve got a very core focus on Sky News to make sure these MPs actually get to see the ads,” he told AAP.

The ads are also being broadcast on Foxtel and WIN regional television while negotiations are continuing with other broadcasters.

A fundraising push to broaden the campaign has already raised more than $9000 on crowd funding website GoFundMe and Mr Hinton-Teoh says the message may go global.

“Our slogan is `together we can do this’ and that doesn’t limit itself to the borders of Australia,” he said.

The group’s national director Rodney Croome said support for marriage equality was stronger than ever.

“We have never had a better chance to achieve reform,” he said.

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