Politi­cians, stars back mar­riage equal­ity cam­paign


The Yes movement brought sports stars, celebri­ties and politi­cians to ral­lies across the coun­try at the week­end for the launch of its #PostYourYes cam­paign, fol­low­ing the launch of the No cam­paign by con­ser­va­tive sen­a­tor Cory Bernardi and the Coali­tion for Mar­riage in Syd­ney on Saturday night.

Co­me­dian Magda Szuban­ski at­tended the Mel­bourne rally, where she said she hoped Aus­tralians could “find it in their hearts” to vote Yes. Szuban­ski was joined by tennis leg­end Frank Sedg­man and three-time Hawthorn premier­ship player Rus­sell Greene.

Fed­eral politi­cians Christo­pher Pyne, Penny Wong and Sarah Han­son-Young gath­ered in Ade­laide car­ry­ing “Vote Yes” plac­ards.

Mr Pyne said he was con­fi­dent of a Yes out­come and that same-sex mar­riage could be le­galised by Christ­mas, while ar­gu­ing those on the No side wanted Aus­tralians to be fright­ened of the “oth­er­ness in our com­mu­nity”.

“That has been a hall­mark of ul­tra-con­ser­va­tives for cen­turies, to sow fear in the com­mu­nity,” Mr Pyne said.

Lib­eral coun­cil­lor Chris­tine Forster, Tony Ab­bott’s sis­ter, held a press con­fer­ence in Syd­ney where she en­cour­aged Aus­tralians to lis­ten to the sto­ries of peo­ple they knew, rather than the No cam­paign’s “scare­mon­ger­ing”.

About 400 peo­ple gath­ered at Welling­ton Square in Perth where Lib­eral sen­a­tor Dean Smith told con­ser­va­tive vot­ers that vot­ing Yes was part of the Lib­eral tra­di­tion of equal rights be­fore the law.

In Queens­land, Olympic swim­mers Emily See­bohm and Mitch Larkin added their voices to the Yes cam­paign.

In Syd­ney, the No cam­paign took to the skies as a sky­writ­ing Cessna pilot wrote the words “Vote NO”.

Sky­writ­ing Aus­tralia, the com­pany that wrote “Trump” above the Syd­ney Women’s March in Jan­uary, would not con­firm if it was re­spon­si­ble for yes­ter­day’s mes­sage.

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