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Sally Rugg @sallyrugg
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As we approach the anniversary of the postal survey Yes vote, I want to remind people that the LGBTIQ community in its majority never wanted this vote to happen, because I think keeping that in mind will be important in the next few days.
I want people to remember that 85% of LGBTIQ community said they would rather delay the reform than endure the survey. We fought to stop a plebiscite for an entire year, successfully blocking it in parliament.

Public support fell to just 25% for the vote in 2016 (Galaxy, July)
In 2017 we took the postal survey to the high court, arguing that it was unconstitutional for the government to bypass parliament (who twice blocked legislation for a plebiscite) and spent $122 million on an unnecessary, non-binding process.
To win the high court case, the SG argued that the postal survey “had no bearing” on the legislative process and therefore the government were totally fine to spend the money.

(So why were we doing it again??)
The survey was not only a complete charade, unrelated to the real pathway to reform, but was extremely distressing for many LGBTIQ people and their families.

Speaking personally, coming up to the 1 yr anniversary has been very unsettling and upsetting. This was not a good time.
And so - celebrate with us the beautiful photos of couples on their wedding days. Celebrate with us on the 7th of December when we passed the law. Celebrate with us this Christmas where every person around the table has the same rights of the person they’re pulling a cracker with
And yes - celebrate this Yes victory, but celebrate it bc it represents extraordinary creativity, enthusiasm and solidarity from millions of Australians and an incredible display of scaled, decentralised activism, not because it delivered marriage equality.
And remember that for many LGBTIQ people, this Thursday feels like marking a bittersweet survival, filled with latent anger and mourning. Speak thoughtfully. ❤️
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