Same-sex campaigns get going
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