This week, the High Court decided that the postal survey for marriage equality will go ahead. While there is disappointment that the Government won't just put it to a free vote in Parliament, there is strong determination across the country to finally get this done.
As a community, we are unwavering and steadfast in our commitment to win the postal survey.
The past two years have been quite a journey for the marriage equality campaign. Australia has watched on as country by country, marriage equality has now become law. In fact, more than one billion people around the world now live in countries with the freedom to marry.
The Australian people overwhelmingly support marriage equality and are frustrated our Government has stalled the will of the people, but now it's up to us.
We have been on a roller coaster we never wanted to ride, but we are where we are, and must seize every opportunity to make sure that Australians vote for fairness and equality. For a long time, the momentum has been building and now people across the nation are ready to vote yes and ready to just get it done.
Alright, let's win this.#marriageequality— Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) September 7, 2017
The path in front of us is clear and supporters of marriage equality will need to show leadership in this time of adversity. We will emphasise the strong, positive message that marriage equality represents a fair go for everyone through a reform that provides an opportunity to unite the country.With the energy we all have left, we need to encourage as many Australians as possible to vote, and to vote yes.
The decision handed down by the High Court this week will see survey forms sent out as soon as next week. To give us the best chance of a yes result, the survey will need to be filled out and returned as soon as possible.
If you support marriage equality and you want to help, we have designed material which can assist you in your effort to spread the word.
Personal phone calls to friends and family are incredibly important.
This week, the Yes Campaign released a touching video showing a young woman, Lisa, calling her grandma to ask her to vote yes for her and her partner, Hayley. Lisa was moved to tears as her grandmother told her that she would indeed vote yes "knowing how much the two of you love each other".
Now is the time to go through your phone and make those calls to your relatives and to your friends. Speak from the heart and tell them why their yes vote matters to you.
Supporters can also take action by speaking to other Australians through our phonebanks at www.yes.org.au. We've already seen sporting teams, workmates, friends and family members coming together to make calls to explain the voting process and to urge people to keep an eye out for the survey form when it arrives in the mailbox.
Claire told us that she signed up for phonebanking to show her support for her gay and lesbian friends. She doesn't think it's fair that loving couples are currently unable to marry in the country they cherish and is determined to stand up for them.
At its heart, marriage equality is about committed couples that love each other having the opportunity to marry.
When the survey arrives, make sure you answer yes and post it back. Every survey response will count, so make sure those around you also do the same.
We face a huge challenge but together, and in support of each other, we can send a message that will reverberate right across this country, emphasising that fairness matters and that love will win!