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Everyday Heroes Front AndCentre In 'Biggest MarriageEquality Campaign Yet'

The Equality Campaign launched its largest ever national marriage equality campaign on the eve of Parliament resuming for 2017, with billboards, television commercials and signs to be installed at Canberra airport overnight.

Despite Liberal MP Tim Wilson speaking out on ABC this morning to deny Fairfax Media’s claims that a handful of LNP backbenchers, Wilson included, were leading a new push for a free vote on marriage equality, a move that some activists are calling “a false start”, the mood today was one of optimism as TEC’s Tiernan Brady said politicians would be arriving back in Canberra this week and facing a stronger campaign than ever.

“We will continue to show Federal politicians that Australia wants to celebrate marriage equality. Our campaign is not going away, and will only getstronger, until federal parliament delivers this straightforward and strongly supported reform that is all about fairness.”

“Our national campaign is about building on the momentum and energy generated across the nation for marriage equality and continuing to campaign for a straightforward change to be achieved by a vote in the parliament,” Mr Brady said.

Putting everyday Australians front and centre, the dynamic campaign will involve a national television commercial across all channels, a far-reaching billboard and digital advertising campaign as well as town hall and local events across the nation.

“The Equality Campaign features real people across Australia who make this country better,” Brady said. “Our soldiers, doctors, nurses, lifesavers and fire fighters, people who Australians are proud of but at the same time cannot marry the person they love in the country they serve.”

“Across Australia, every day there are people who go to work and make Australian a better place, a safe place, a healthier place. These are everyday Australian heroes who do their job and are waiting for politicians to do theirs.

“It is vital that Australians right across the nation get in touch with their MP and tell them why equality for everyone matters,” Mr Brady said.

Australian Marriage Equality National Spokesperson Shirleene Robinson added that the new campaign has been designed to remind MPs that Australia has made up its mind on the subject of marriage equality – and that the ‘issue’ is not going away.

“The campaign is proud and confident of Australia,” Robinson said. “It is the land of a fair go for all. The value is also the overwhelming reason why majority Australians say they support Marriage Equality.”

“Two-thirds of Australians as well as a majority of politicians want every Australian to be able to marry the person they love. 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.”

“If MPs and Senators were able to have a straight up vote on Marriage Equality it would pass comfortably. It is only the world of party politics that is preventing the wishes of the Australian people from taking place.”

“Our supporters across the nation need to call their MP and ask for a straightforward vote in the parliament,” Ms Robinson said.

Co-Chair of Australian Marriage Equality, Alex Greenwich said that he remained hopeful equality could be achieved this year.

“Our Federal MPs have a unique opportunity to make history and deliver a reform that celebrates fairness for all,” he said. “It’s up to our Federal Politicians to do their job and vote marriage equality through so we can all move forward.”

“Our campaign across the nation will continue to show how marriage equality is simply based on our shared Australian values of a fair go and respect for all andits important that these values continue to underpin the ongoing conversation on marriage equality across the nation.”

“The campaign will show the strength and diversity of support for marriage equality. At equalitycampaign.org.au supporters will find the tools to lobby their MPs, hold local events, and share with their communities the many reasons why marriage equality matters.”

“Fairness and equality are at the heart of Australian society. We are promoting some of the greatest human values – love, respect and happiness,” Mr Greenwich concluded.

Supportive politicians took to social media to congratulate the team, with Labor’s Tanya Plibersek posting: “Australians want marriage equality now. Let’s get it done.”

You can watch the first video commercial here:

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