Our Federal politicians were welcomed upon their arrival at Canberra Airport for the first sitting week of the year yesterday by a sustained campaign supporting marriage equality.
It’s the second year in which Canberra Airport has run such a campaign, which will this year feature electronic signage from the Equality Campaign’s new national advertising campaign throughout the airport until February 17 (the signs were posted on Sunday with most politicians arriving yesterday ahead of sitting today).
In addition, the entire terminal will be lit in rainbow lighting on February 12 and 13.
The Airport’s statement is timed to coincide with the Senate Select Committee’s report on the Government’s draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same Sex Marriage) Bill.
Managing director of Canberra Airport Stephen Byron said the right to marry was pivotal for the wellbeing and happiness of LGBTI Australians, their families, their friends and their colleagues.
“Marriage equality is the law in 21 countries, and it is simply unfair to expect hardworking Australians, like my brother Tom [Snow], to travel to these countries to marry the person they love,” he said.
“Now is the time for our Federal politicians to show leadership. We will be reminding them every time they travel through the airport that marriage equality is a straightforward reform that allows every Australian the same opportunities in life.”
Australians for Equality Co-Chair and Canberra Airport Director Tom Snow said the campaign was directed specifically towards Federal politicians.
“The Equality Campaign reflects the overwhelming desire of two-thirds of Australians who want to see their politicians do the right thing by doing their job.
“Our politicians have the opportunity to make all Australians equal under the law this year and we will continue to remind them of this.”