MPs sign up to back marriage equality campaign

MARRIAGE equality advocates are targeting 50 federal politicians to back a national campaign to allow gay couples to marry.

The campaign, launched on Friday in Canberra by Australian Marriage Equality, has already been backed by 25 of the MPs on the group's "hit list".

And MPs as diverse as former Treasurer Wayne Swan, Fairfax MP Clive Palmer and high-profile Deputy Nationals Leader Barnaby Joyce are in their sights.

Other prominent regional MPs on the list included Michelle Landry, Ken O'Dowd, Mal Brough, Kevin Hogan and Warren Entsch.

The campaign was backed by Labor Senator Louise Pratt, The Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young and Queensland Liberal Senator Sue Boyce.

AME national director Rodney Croome said the group had chosen 50 MPs they thought "may be persuaded to support reform", in order to get a marriage equality through parliament.

Their campaign follows the High Court order dissolving more than 30 marriages made through the ACT Government's now-defunct marriage equality laws.

"Tens of thousands same-sex couples are waiting to get married, 65% of Australian are waiting for the laws to change, and now even straight couples are waiting to get married till their gay friends can," Mr Croome said.

"Our campaign, 'We're Waiting', will put a face to the millions of Australians waiting for reform in key electorates, and will empower these communities to do something about it."

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