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.’
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.
You: enraged that you got a text message about voting yes
Me: got a form to my house that allows everyone to vote on my relationship
— Bec Shaw (@Brocklesnitch) September 24, 2017
— Casey Conway (@caseyconway_) September 24, 2017
I'm an ardent supporter of civil rights for all!!*
*Unless I receive a single text message once encouraging me to act on that belief.
— James Colley (@JamColley) September 24, 2017
Amazing how a text message is intrusive but painting the fucking sky isn't.
— wheels (@wheelswordsmith) September 24, 2017
I was going to vote yes but receiving an unsolicited text message is such a completely unprecedented infringement of my rights im voting no. pic.twitter.com/iDCJe8fFLB
— Paul Kidd (@paulkidd) September 24, 2017
Do not be annoyed about receiving a text message. Be annoyed about Aus being forced to have an unnecessary and divisive public opinion poll.
— Sally Rugg (@sallyrugg) September 24, 2017
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?