Irish ayes smile on marriage equality push
IN Ireland, marriage equality campaigners urged supporters to “Ring your Granny”; in Australia, the cry is “Ring your rellos” and ask them to vote “Yes”.
The “Yes” and “No” cases both formally launched their campaigns for the national marriage equality postal survey at the weekend.
“Yes” campaigners are adopting many of the tactics used in Ireland, where marriage equality was endorsed by a majority of voters at a 2015 referendum. Irish “Yes” campaigners encouraged supporters to ask their elderly relatives to back same-sex marriage.
Equality Campaign cochair Alex Greenwich told an Adelaide launch event that a grassroots get-out-the-vote effort was under way.
“We will be doorknocking as many doors as possible. We will be ringing all our rellos and we will be doing everything we can to make sure that Yes is a success,’’ he said.
In a sign of cross-party unity, Liberal Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne, Labor Senate Leader Penny Wong and Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young appeared together at the Adelaide launch.
At the launch of the “No” campaign in Sydney on Saturday night, SA Australian Conservatives Senator Cory Ber- nardi warned that “weaponised” anti-discrimination laws and “legal warfare” would be used against supporters of traditional marriage if the Marriage Act was changed to include same-sex couples.
“We’re under assault because we’re on the right side of legal and moral history,” Senator Bernardi said. The anti-SSM campaign took to the air yesterday, with a skywriter scrawling “Vote No” above Sydney.
POLITICAL CLOUT: Christopher Pyne, Penny Wong and Alex Greenwich at the “Yes’’ campaign launch in Adelaide yesterday and, inset, Cory Bernardi speaks at the “No’’ campaign launch in Sydney on Saturday.