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Marriage equality campaigner defends 'Yes' text messages

Marriage equality campaigner defends 'Yes' text messages”

"We're all pretty active on social media and we've seen some negative stuff thrown around there but I think it's very different when you're face to face with someone, they're less inclined to be so upfront", Mr Dempsey told AAP.

He did not reveal the costs of the campaign, but said that would be disclosed "as appropriate".

But Ms Plibersek defended the text message campaign on Insiders this morning, saying it paled in comparison to some techniques being used by the "no" campaign. This campaign is going too far. Help make history and vote YES for a fairer Australia.

The Yes campaign is urging voters to get their survey forms in the mail.

Tens of thousands of marriage equality supporters kicked off a text message and doorknocking campaign this weekend encouraging people to vote "yes" in the same-sex marriage postal survey.

"The campaign has a responsibility to encourage every Australian to post their survey and we have done this through doorknocking, media, advertising, social media and SMS messaging", he said.

"Kind of ironic that so many people feel their rights have been violated just because they received a 'vote yes" text message'.

"This is about people that we know", he said. "We didn't want this postal survey to happen".

Alex Greenwich from the Marriage Equality campaign told News Corp Australia that they're now using every resource possible to urge people to vote yes.

But Plibersek said she was growing increasingly frustrated by people who had advocated for a public vote on the issue questioning why people were campaigning.

The yes campaign has not been the only side to utilise these campaign tactics - robocalls linked to an American Republican pollster were reported earlier this month, while religious groups have urged parents to vote no.

But they thought that texting people and asking them to vote a particular way had crossed the line. He said he was wearing a rainbow yes badge when the alleged attack occurred but has repeatedly stated he is not a campaigner and said "this has nothing whatsoever to do with marriage equality".

Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek, who is campaigning for a "Yes" vote, said the complaints were "ridiculous".

She said "direct [communications] should be opt-in only" because the community's expectations were set at a "higher standard than the law".

But he said the lesson of Brexit and the United States election outcomes was never to presume an electoral outcome was guranteed.

Organised by a group of self-described patriots, one of the speakers urged people to push back against the "sick and vile homosexual agenda" in Australian schools and universities. The result will be announced on 15 November.



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