LGBTI Champions Landed With Huge Legal Bill

High Court awards massive costs against LGBTI advocates

SAME-SEX marriage campaigners face a court bill of well over $200,000 after failing to overturn the Turnbull government’s postal survey in the High Court, according to the Daily Telegraph.

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PFLAG leader Shelley Argent confirmed that, while the exact amount is not yet known, the sum required will be well in excess of the $87,000+ raised.

The High Court awarded costs against Shelley Argent, Felicity Marlowe, Rodney Croome and Andrew Wilkie, meaning they will have to pay at least some of the legal fees of the government team. Their own legal team did much of the work pro bono.

Money is also needed to cover hotel bills and travel costs associated with the case, not to mention the ongoing fight to achieve a majority in the postal survey.

A special GoFundMe page to raise the money for the legal bills has been set up. Click the link, and please give what you can to help our amazing campaigners.

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They have shouldered the burden and fought tirelessly for the LGBTI community, and will continue to do so. Please give what you can, and share widely. Thank you.

 

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Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. And now he’s been nominated for LGBTI Journalist of the Year 2017, which is great news, as he hasn’t won any of these things for years! If you want to nominate him too – the more the merrier – you can do it here http://www.australianlgbtiawards.com.au/public-nominations.html

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