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.