Coast LGBTI group 'worried' as postal survey goes ahead
A SUNSHINE Coast LGBTI group has expressed shock and disappointment after the High Court of Australia yesterday ruled the same-sex marriage postal survey would go ahead.
Sunshine Coast Pride Network co-chair Fiona Anderson said she was "very disappointed" the postal survey was moving forward.
"We're very shocked, we're very upset, and we're very worried," she said.
"We worry about our LGBTI youth.
"This is hard enough on them already, to come out in the climate that it is at the moment where we don't have full equality."
Ms Anderson expected the debate would only get more intense in the coming weeks.
"It's already got nasty, we've already seen that, and it's not going to get any better before it finishes," Ms Anderson said.
The Pride Network will take their message to the streets in the lead-up to the vote.
"(We want) to show that we're not a threat, we're not planning on changing the legislation on who religious bodies can marry, we're not going to be pushing the Safe Schools' apparent sexual agenda... all we want is to have the opportunity to get married," Ms Anderson said.
She wished the Federal Government had allowed more time for those who wished to vote to enrol or update their enrolment details.
"It would have been a lot better if they could have given an extra week or two, to make sure everybody was captured," she said.
"Even the few days leading up to the closing of the electoral roll, we were still talking to people at Cotton Tree and some of them didn't even know what we were talking about."
She said it was hard to predict which way the Sunshine Coast would vote.
"We have quite a big split on the Sunshine Coast between the conservatives and the left, who are very supportive and don't think that anybody should be denied marriage equality."