Written By: Osteen Carter 10/8/15
“It’s one of the largest rallies”
The Australian Marriage Equality group has launched a series of television advertisements featuring celebrities and AFL footballers calling for legalisation, and an online campaign with the hashtag #WeCanDoThis.
Owned and operated by the Snow family, the symbolic gesture by Canberra Airport sees it join the ranks of over 500 nationwide corporate organisations in declaring support for marriage equality.
Night flights into Canberra will be greeted by an airport aglow with the colours of the rainbow in a very public show of support for gay marriage byBRW Rich Lister Terry Snow.
Parliament resumes sitting today, which means a long-awaited multiparty bill aimed at legalising marriage equality is due to be introduced sometime in the next fortnight.
“It’s in the interest of the government to move this bill forward rather than block it because support for marriage equality is growing all the time and the issue is clearly not going away”, he said.
A marriage bill is set to be introduced tomorrow.
The family also owns buildings in the New Acton district of Canberra, and has posted photos of the Nishi building painted in rainbow colours on social media.
The legislation is being co-sponsored by Liberal MP Teresa Gambaro and two Labor MPs, Laurie Ferguson and Terri Butler as well as crossbench MPs Cathy McGowan, Adam Bandt and Andrew Wilkie.
However the timing of debate in the Lower House and eventually a vote on the bill is in the hands of the Coalition controlled selection committee.
His conservative government is opposed to gay marriage and the party has previously refused to allow a conscience vote among its members, in contrast to the Labor opposition.
On the weekend, Foxtel copped backlash for airing Marriage Alliance’s “iceberg” TV commercial – which had been rejected by channels Seven and Ten.
Snow says the airport worked with marriage equality groups before launching the campaign but also understood the community sentiment towards it.
Meanwhile, polls have shown a slump in support for Mr Abbott since the expenses scandal started weeks ago, which led to former speaker Bronwyn Bishop resigning from her position.
In Western Australia, rally-goers will meet at the Forrest Chase shopping centre to call on federal MPs to legalise gay marriage.
MPs flying into Canberra have already been met with a marriage equality message at the airport, with the terminal lit up in rainbow lights and a giant #WeCanDoThis campaign sign out the front.