Same-sex cam­paigns get go­ing

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

CO­ME­DIAN Magda Szuban­ski hopes Aus­tralians can “find it in their hearts” to vote Yes in the same-sex mar­riage postal sur­vey, as both sides of the de­bate launched their of­fi­cial cam­paigns over the week­end.

In Syd­ney, a sky writ­ten “Vote No” turned heads above the city mid­morn­ing yes­ter­day just as Yes cam­paign­ers – in­clud­ing for­mer PM Tony Ab­bott’s sis­ter Chris­tine Forster gath­ered at Le­ichardt to launch their cam­paign.

Speak­ing at the launch, Ms Forster, a Lib­eral coun­cil­lor, ac­cused the No cam­paign of try­ing to con­fuse vot­ers.

Coali­tion for Mar­riage spokes­woman Mon­ica Doumit said the sky writ­ing was not or­gan­ised by of­fi­cial cam­paign­ers, but likely to have come from “grass­roots” ad­vo­cates. “It was a sur­prise to us to see it,” she said. “It was lovely to see peo­ple start­ing to feel more con­fi­dent about speak­ing up,” she said.

The Vote No cam­paign was launched Saturday night by con­ser­va­tive sen­a­tor Cory Bernardi at Darling Har­bour, at­tract­ing an es­ti­mated 1000 peo­ple, many with shirts and plac­ards bear­ing the slo­gan “It’s OK to say ‘no’.

LNP Sen­a­tor Matt Cana­van told sup­port­ers the No vote was “gain­ing ground”. OPINION P20

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