Australia just said YES, clearing the way for Parliament to pass marriage equality!
This result is more than a majority in a survey. It's more than winning a campaign. It's even more than the joy and celebration couples and their families across Australia are today sharing.
We made history, working together.
In our millions, we took action for our friends and neighbours who for too long have been treated unequally under the law. Shoulder to shoulder, in towns, suburbs and cities across Australia, we boldly stood for the country we want to create together.
Through conversations — some of which were hard, some of which were cathartic — we used our vulnerability as our strength, and our stories as our power. We kept focussed, not flinching when our opponents tried to distract or divide us.
We nailed our colours to our mast. Whether it was on our front gate, in our shop windows or on our timelines, we took every opportunity to proudly proclaim our support for marriage equality. We knew that each of us doing our bit could change someone's mind, or remind someone in our community who needed our support that we were right behind them.
This is why we won the postal vote — because in our millions, we worked together. And this is exactly how we'll get a bill passed, once and for all.
We've just pulled off the most extraordinary feat, but it's not over yet. Opponents of marriage equality like Tony Abbott, James Paterson and Cory Bernardi have already bolted from the starting blocks with nasty, discriminatory amendments to marriage equality legislation that would see equality given with one hand and cruelly snatched away with the other.
Thank you for everything you've done during the postal survey campaign. For donating, for rallying, for sharing and for every conversation you had — with friends or strangers — about our vision for a fairer and more loving Australia.
Today, we have made a huge difference in the lives of so many people, and soon everyone will be able to marry the person they love.
Thank you, and congratulations!
Sally, for the GetUp team