Time’s running out for Australians to turn in ballots for the national marriage equality survey, and advocates are doing some pretty amazing things to get the vote out: Over the weekend, hundreds of restaurants, bars and backyard chefs gassed up the grill and threw a sausage on the barbie for the Snags for Equality Weekender.
Before you ask, a “snag” is an Aussie delicacy: a cheap overcooked sausage smothered in ketchup and served in a folded slice of white bread.
The event was a twist on the “democracy sausage,” a longstanding Australian tradition of holding a sausage sizzle fundraiser on election day, usually at the school or community center where people are voting. (In December, the Australian National Dictionary Centre selected “democracy sausage” as its Australian Word of the Year for 2016.)
“This party, and our campaign, is an invitation for all Australians to join together in shaping our nation as a place that truly celebrates our national values of fairness and equality,” Australian Marriage Equality Co-Chair Alex Greenwich told Junkee.
“This is a big thank you to our dedicated campaigners and volunteers, but it is also a reminder that we haven’t won this yet. Millions still need to return their postal surveys with a ’Yes.’”
Approximately 9.2 million Australians have already turned in their surveys in advance of the October 27 deadline. The Equality Campaign partnered with Heaps Gay on the #equalitysausage campaign, with hundreds of venues participating nationwide. Snags were gulped down Sunday in Sydney at the “Post Your Yes Vote” street party just off Oxford Square, featuring performances by singer Ricki-Lee and 70s pop star John Paul Young.
“We know people love the tradition of a democracy sausage in a school playground after voting,” said Heaps Gay director Kat Dopper. “We didn’t want this postal survey, but we thought we should make the best of it. We know about 57.5% of Aussies have voted so far—so we thought having a sanga would be a nice way for people to remind their friends and rellos [relatives] to vote.”
If you have to vote on civil liberties, this is a pretty tasty way to go about it.