Olympic athletes Emily Seebohm and Mitch Larkin recently urged all Queenslanders to vote “yes” for marriage equality as soon as they receive their survey forms.
Larkin, Seebohm and Brisbane couple Luke Nixon and Eddie Sahovic addressed an event in Brisbane on Sunday. They launched the nationwide #PostYourYES campaign, to warn supporters against complacency in the same-sex marriage postal survey.
“We can’t wait to receive [our forms] and vote yes so everyone can love whoever they want. There’s no reason why we can’t have that already,” Seebohm said.
Queensland Equality Campaign spokesman Peter Black said a “yes” vote meant giving fellow Australians a fair go.
“It’s about the hundreds of thousands of gay and lesbian Australians who are hoping their relationships will be treated with dignity and respect.”
The Australian Bureau of Statistics already began mailing out the survey forms. They ask the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”
The ABS expects all 16 million forms delivered by September 25. Voting then closes 7 November. Finally, the ABS announces the result on 15 November.
On Sunday, comedian Magda Szubanski led the Melbourne launch of the #PostYourYES campaign.
“I hope with all my heart you vote that you will vote ‘yes’.
“I was raised in a family where my parents were married for 58 years.”
She urged all Australians to mail their completed survey forms as soon as they can.
“I very much encourage everyone to do it as quickly as possible.
“Please do it quickly and put it in the letterbox. Don’t leave it on your front table.”
In Perth, openly gay former My Kitchen Rules contestant Jordan Bruno attended a #PostYourYES event in Perth.
“We’ve grown up together, we’ve worked together, we’ve played together, we’ve done everything together and there’s no difference between us,” he told the West Australian.
“They want to attend my wedding day as much as I want to attend theirs.”
In Adelaide, a trio of politicians – Liberal MP Christopher Pyne, Labor Senator Penny Wong and Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young – helped launched #PostYourYES.
Mr. Pyne expressed confidence Australia would vote “yes”. He also thought same-sex marriage could be legalised by Christmas.
Official NO campaign launch
The events come the day after the official launch of the “No” campaign in Sydney on Saturday night. The ABC reported Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi told the crowd of supporters they are “under assault” because they are “on the right side of legal and moral history.”
On Sunday, photos on social media showed the words “Vote No” written in Sydney skies by a skywriting plane.
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