The work doesn’t end there. Lawyers and law firms are continuing their pro bono efforts to advance LGBTIQ rights in Australia.
Allens, Ashurst, Baker McKenzie, Clayton Utz, Colin Biggers & Paisley, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Dentons, Gilbert + Tobin, Henry Davis York, Herbert Smith Freehills, King & Wood Mallesons, Maddocks, Minter Ellison, Norton Rose Fulbright, Pinsent Masons and other law firms are members of Pride and Diversity, a not-for-profit organisation that assists Australian employers with LGBTIQ inclusion through a number of comprehensive programs and initiatives.
Maurice Blackburn has been assisting people who have suffered vilification as a result of campaign material arising from the postal survey.
A number of law firms organised “calling parties” at their offices, with many employees phoning voters as part of the Yes campaign, as well as a forum in support of the campaign.
There are many more stories of support, assistance and commitment by Australian lawyers and law firms to support the LGBTIQ community, to challenge discrimination and to advance the case for same-sex marriage. In undertaking these pro bono initiatives, legal professionals embrace their responsibility (and their privilege) of shaping society for the better.
This chronology is a work in progress. We welcome more information about legal support that has been considerable and will continue, so that we can weave more initiatives into the chronology. We note, for instance, the announcement that the Victorian Law Foundation have just made their largest ever grant, committing $111,000 to seed fund the establishment of an LGBTIQ legal service in Victoria.