By Damian Wyld –
We’re down to the final days of the marriage postal plebiscite.
It’s been a hard slog, but many supporters are still out in the trenches – our staff among them.
Many have copped abuse. I myself was recently sent an unsolicited message on Facebook by an angry chap called Jeremy who said: “If I see you in the street I’m going to knock you the f--- out.”
I feel sorry for Jeremy. It’s sad that he, like many others, can’t have a rational debate or simply agree to disagree.
In numerous cases, our campaign volunteers have experienced more than empty threats.
Recently, the media reported on the case of Bobby Lupo, a young marriage campaigner from Melbourne who was allegedly assaulted after holding a Coalition for Marriage poster.1
Mobile phone footage shows a thug telling Bobby’s colleague: “I'll f---ing smash your face in, and he's a c---,” before turning on Bobby.
This sort of incident has, sadly, become a regular occurrence; but as I’ve said before, pro-marriage supporters have not, and will not, be deterred by threats and intimidation.
We can’t afford to be complacent about the assault on marriage, because the result of inaction is considerable.
Ever since MA was established in 2015, we have strived to draw awareness to the seismic consequences that would follow changing the Marriage Act.
As we rapidly approach a result from this vote, let’s keep those consequences in mind and commit to finishing this campaign as strongly as we can.
We won’t get a second chance, so will you help us leave no stone unturned?
Let’s get to the 15 November plebiscite result knowing that we couldn’t have done anything more.
With your help, we won’t let up.