Watch this Heart-Melting Australian PSA for Marriage Equality

Same-sex marriage doesn't yet exist in Australia. But ads like this one, sponsored by "I Do," might change minds. Also, those accents are irresistible.

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  1. now that's how it's done!

    Posted by: Gary | Oct 1, 2011 9:23:17 AM

  2. brilliant.

    Posted by: gary | Oct 1, 2011 9:26:19 AM


    Posted by: ZOMG NATALIE TRAN | Oct 1, 2011 9:41:59 AM

  4. Watch that video then watch any NOM video.

    Posted by: Oliver | Oct 1, 2011 10:06:08 AM

  5. Our accents are irresistible? Maybe I should start releasing recordings of my voice. :S

    Posted by: Matt | Oct 1, 2011 10:08:03 AM

  6. Australia is still a very backward country. Keep in mind that the Federal Government in Australia basically forbids states from enacting gay marriage rights. Even if a state wanted to introduce gay marriage, it would be prevented by the Federal laws.

    At least in America, individual states can introduce gay marriage - as some already have - without being overridden by a Federal law. Australia has a long way to go, and I don't see it progressing at all in the current climate. Both the Labor (left) and Liberal (right) Parties are opposed to gay marriage.

    Australia is miles behind the rest of the English-speaking world.

    Posted by: bruce | Oct 1, 2011 10:24:23 AM

  7. Bruce, if those numbers presented in the ad are to be believed, it sounds like it is the Australian government that has a long way to go -- not the people. Those percentages sound very similar to American support percentages. (actually even a bit bigger -- especially the overall support of 63%.) I'm sorry to hear that ME is such an uphill climb there, however.

    Posted by: MDK | Oct 1, 2011 10:42:56 AM

  8. Beautifully done.

    Posted by: Brian | Oct 1, 2011 11:27:36 AM

  9. If you noticed the cute "farmer" in the video (and how could you NOT notice him!?!) and want to see more of him, you can watch a WONDERFUL documentary of his life at the below link. It is a great story and he is SUCH a sweet guy! :-)

    Posted by: Fruit-for-Peace | Oct 1, 2011 12:28:22 PM


    Posted by: Andalusian Dog | Oct 1, 2011 12:32:40 PM

  11. creative representation of figures. cool.
    nice job y'all.

    Posted by: tinhouston | Oct 1, 2011 1:39:34 PM

  12. Its a shame the Australian government doesn't lighten up and do what the UK is doing, the former mother country, with a marriage equality consultation beginning in March 2012 under a conservative coalition government. Unprecedented under a conservative government anywhere.

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Oct 1, 2011 2:10:13 PM

  13. Bruce, Australia is not backwards at all when it comes to gay issue. The allow gays' partner to apply for permanent residency , and that already effective at least twenty years ago. Of all the western countries in the world, USA is the most conservative and backwards when it comes to gay issue. Remember how American forced their soldiers to hide their sexuality until last month ? Yes, that only happened in america.

    Posted by: Shaun | Oct 1, 2011 2:47:48 PM

  14. This is one of the best PSA's I've seen on this subject... love it!

    Posted by: Lis | Oct 1, 2011 9:04:15 PM

  15. Australians should be at the same sex marriage state that their fellow Commonwealth country Canada should be at. Keep speaking out and aiming for a society like it is up here. Send your politicians to Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary and see how we do it. Canada and Australia are virtual hemispheric twins in how we evolved into incredible nations descended from the United Kingdom. Keep at it and eventually we will be almost identical twins!!!
    GOOD LUCK!From your brothers and sisters in the "True North Strong and Free!"

    Posted by: Darrell | Oct 2, 2011 2:53:00 AM

  16. OMG, David Graham! And it's nice to see that he's got a partner now. IIRC, he was single when they did a feature on him.

    Posted by: Glenn | Oct 2, 2011 3:23:29 AM

  17. Great ad, but sadly I think the battle's lost in Australia.

    You'd think a Labor PM, unmarried with her live-in hairdresser boyfriend, would be pro gay marriage. But she was installed in power by the party's right wing, full of conservative Catholic union leaders. The party conference will probably support a pro motion in Dec, but the leaders will nix it and she doesn't seem to have the guts to defy them.

    The alternative Govt is even worse - Coalition leader Tony Abbott is an ex-seminarian, a not very bright misogynist, homophobic populist (referred to as our Dubya-in-waiting). If he wins the next election, as widely expected, every socially progressive advance of the last 20 years will be rolled back. Fighting for gay marriage will be the least of our problems.

    Posted by: Paul | Oct 2, 2011 5:20:19 AM

  18. The... The last guy, with his son...

    What is his son looking at... he's like a wax figure.

    Posted by: Sgt.Sausagepants | Oct 2, 2011 5:27:36 AM

  19. 'GOOD LUCK!From your brothers and sisters in the "True North Strong and Free!"' Darrell.

    @Darrell: From one Aussie to a brother in a country I love (I'm crazy about Canada; always had a good time there!), THANK-YOU :)
    You've got a really good idea there about sending our pollies to Canada to show them how another multicultural, socially liberal (well...) and wealthy Commonwealth country runs the state. As a voracious consumer of domestic and international news, I do find it rather remarkable how little we hear of Canadian affairs, especially when I consider how similar we are in our social, governmental, and judicial systems. This *is* painting with a rather broad stroke, I'll admit, but like Canada, we have a relatively "progressive" urban cuture and a relatively "conservative" rural culture. And from the limited statistics I've seen, we have very similar public opinions on GLBT rights as evidenced by public opinion polls.
    Maybe we need to start a serious and committed cross-Pacific exchange between Australian and Canadian "activists"? We're always stronger in numbers :)

    Posted by: Chaq | Oct 3, 2011 12:29:55 AM

  20. Paul,
    The Battle is never lost with the ALP National Conference in early December, there is going to be a discussion and vote on marriage equality at the conference.
    Several of the ALP State parties have already voted to support marriage equality so if state elements of the same ruling party are already on board that doesn't sound like the battle is lost at all. It just means that we have to be patient and keep battling.

    Posted by: Brenton | Oct 3, 2011 9:53:05 PM

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