British all-girl pop band, The Saturdays, have become the first major celebrities to record a video for a new campaign promoting same-sex marriage.
Out4Marriage is getting politicians, famous names and ordinary members of the public to record a video explaining why they support marriage equality. Although it’s only a few days old, hundreds of people, gay and straight, have already taken part.
It has already won the support of Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams and gay author, actor, TV presenter and comic Stephen Fry who have both sent supportive tweets.
Now The Saturdays have made an Out4Marriage video.
The band said: ‘We know we can get married o the man of our dreams. But some people who are gay lesbian or bisexual can’t marry the man or woman of their dreams. That's why we support same-sex marriage.
‘Marriage equality and equal love for all, regardless if they are same-sex or mixed-sex couples. Lend your support to marriage equality. And come Out4Marriage.’
The campaign was announced on Twitter by Stephen Fry late on Tuesday evening (8 May), on the eve of the Queen’s Speech (setting out the British parliamentary agenda for the next year), which did not include plans to change the law on marriage.
Fry tweeted: ‘Great new campaign to support #equalmarriage.’
He later shared an Out4Marriage video filmed by the grandparents of Channel 4 News technology correspondent Benjamin Cohen, who co-founded the Out4Marriage campaign. Fry tweeted: ‘They can teach ppl half their age a lot about love & acceptance.’
Following Barack Obama’s personal backing of allowing same-sex marriage, Britain’s Got Talent judge, David Walliams tweeted: ‘Obama came @Out4Marriage yesterday. For those wanting marriage equality in the UK please support and RT’. Celebrities including comic James Cordon immediately retweeted.
Out4Marriage is modeled on the hugely successful It Gets Better YouTube project where politicians, celebrities and members of the public give hope to teenagers coming to terms with their sexuality.
The UK is already considering introducing same-sex marriage equality and the campaign hopes to help in other countries too.
Over the coming weeks, videos from high profile politicians from all political parties and A-list celebrities will be published online. The project is being backed by LGBT media, including Gay Star News, PinkNews, Gaydar Radio, GT, DIVA, Boyz, SoSoGay and QX Magazine.
Also helping are digital agency Remarkable and the Coalition for Equal Marriage and a team of volunteers.
Watch The Saturday’s message here: