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A colourful, moving billboard

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October 07, 2017

DRIVING WITH PRIDE: Penny Healey has used her old Toyota Camry to make a powerful marriage equality message.

DRIVING WITH PRIDE: Penny Healey has used her old Toyota Camry to make a powerful marriage equality message.

An old Toyota Camry has been turned into a moving billboard to rally votes in support of same-sex marriage.

Shepparton woman Penny Healey took the paint to her car this week to support the region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex community.

After watching children paint their faces at KidsTown, she painted up her face with rainbows and clouds.

Eventually she decided to go further and transform her entire car into a canvas in support of marriage equality.

‘‘I have a few gay friends and I can’t imagine what this survey is doing to their mental health,’’ Ms Healey said

With her friends the car was painted with the rainbow flag, hearts and the YES logo of the equality campaign.

‘‘All the kids were told not to paint the windows,’’ she said.

She has already driven the colourful car across Shepparton and Victoria, with positive results.

‘‘We took it over to Melbourne and got a few beeps in support,’’ she said.

Not all of the feedback has been in support.

‘‘One guy saw it and just yelled out from his car ‘vote no’,’’ she said.

‘‘I just smiled and waved.’’

She plans to leave her car colourful until at least the end of the same-sex marriage equality postal survey.

‘‘It is all water paint, so it can come off,’’ she said.

‘‘I know it is a bold statement, but I am putting it out there.’’

Voting has so far exceeded expectations with 57.5 per cent of all eligible voters already returning forms.

The ‘‘yes’’ campaign appears to be leading according to polling, but a recent Newspoll taken for The Australian showed support for changing the Marriage Act had fallen from 63 to 57 per cent.

Responses to the survey need to be in by November 7 and the final results will be released publicly on November 15.

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