Olympic athletes Emily Seebohm and Mitch Larkin have urged all Queenslanders to vote “yes” for marriage equality as soon as they receive their survey forms.
Larkin, Seebohm and Brisbane gay couple Luke Nixon and Eddie Sahovic (all pictured, below) addressed an event in Queen Street Mall in Brisbane on Sunday to launch 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 the “yes” vote was all about 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,” he said.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has begun mailing out survey forms with the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”
The ABS expects all 16 million forms will be delivered by September 25, and they must be returned by November 7 before the result is announced on November 15.
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’ because I believe in the institution of marriage,” she said.
“I was raised in a family where my parents were married for 58 years and I would hope that if I met the woman of my dreams I could have that same institution there to support me and I would hope you would want that for me too.”
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, so that it’s done and the letter doesn’t get buried under a pile of bills,” she said.
“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 said he was confident Australia would vote “yes” and same-sex marriage could be legalised by Christmas.
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 were posted to social media showing the words “Vote No” had been written above Sydney by a skywriting plane.