Video: Australian marriage equality short becomes overnight hit

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A pro-marriage equality video by Australian action group GetUp has become a Youtube sensation since its release before the weekend, racking up 1.6 million views over four days.

The film, entitled It’s Time, charts a relationship from first meeting to engagement, and is shot from the point of view of one character, who strikes up conversation with a man called Paul.

After the short follows the characters through first meetings with families, illnesses, holidays and celebrations, Paul proposes.

It is only revealed in the final moments that the character from whose point of view the story is shot is a man.

The films ends with the message: “It’s time. End marriage discrimination.”

GetUp, a non-profit organisation, launches campaigns with the aim of achieving an accountable and progressive Australia, concentrating on areas of economic fairness, social justice and environmental sustainability.