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Australians rage over marriage equality text message, Twitter responds hilariously

People are concerned for their privacy

Australians rage over marriage equality text message, Twitter responds hilariously
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Australians react to marriage equality text message

Thousands of Australians received a randomized text message today urging them to vote for marriage equality and some weren’t happy.

Many took to social media to vent their anger over the ‘invasion of privacy’ text message, with some even saying they’ll now vote no.

The messages, sent by YesEquality said: ‘The Marriage Equality Survey forms have arrived! Help make history and vote YES for a fairer Australia. VoteYes.org.au.’

Marriage equality text message

Marriage equality text message

In response, one user tweeted: ‘How the hell did VoteYes get my phone number and send me a text to vote yes? Genuinely concerned about how they got it.’

Another said: ‘I did vote yes but how dare you send me a text to my phone. I did not give permission.’

Marriage Equality campaign responds with no regrets 

Australian Marriage Equality spokesman Clint McGilvray said the texts went to random computer-generated numbers.

The ‘Yes’ campaign said they’re utilizing every avenue possible to convince Australians to vote on the right side of history.

Alex Greenwich, also from the Equality Campaign said: ‘The campaign is using every resource available to make sure fairness and equality are achieved for all Australians.

‘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.

Twitter responded to the outrage, in true sarcastic, yet deeply provoking style.

https://twitter.com/paulkidd/status/911817402488299520

The move comes about after a week of back-and-forth from both sides. Yesterday, ‘No’ campaigners held a Straight Lives Matter rally, while Brisbane Pride held it’s annual Pride march.

This week also saw ex-Prime Minister Tony Abbott head butted by a man in Hobart and a marriage equality advocate receiving death threats after firing one of her employees for holding views in opposition to same-sex marriage.

How’s that ‘respectful debate’ coming along, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull?


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