In heartbreaking news for the Australian LGBTI community, The High Court of Australia today dismissed two legal challenges to the same-sex marriage postal survey.
The Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) represented Australian Marriage Equality and Victorian Greens Senator Janet Rice while the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) argued for independent MP Andrew Wilkie, PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and Felicity Marlowe, director of Rainbow Families Victoria and lesbian mother of three.
The cases were heard together over Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics will begin mailing out survey forms on Tuesday 12th September with forms due back by November 7.
Yes campaigners reacted to the decision with determination to win the public vote.
Tiernan Brady from The Equality Campaign said, “We are in it to win it. We are committed to doing all in our power to ensure that the long held wish of the Australian people for marriage equality for all Australians is reflected in the results of the survey.”
“This must be a campaign of millions of respectful conversations that unites the country. We haven’t a moment to lose and we are hitting the ground running with hundreds of thousands of supporters talking about why marriage equality matters.”
“This is a vote about the worth, dignity and status of members of our family, friends, workmates and neighbours, and across the country people are standing up for them.”
Today the Equality Campaign rolls out a radio and television advertising campaign, urging Australians to vote Yes.
So come on everyone, lets go out and win this thing!!!