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"We want all the LGBTIQ people in the community to know that we are supporting you, that we have done our best, and that's all that we can do. I just say: please stand strong because we will win this."

That was Shelley Argent of Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, one of the plaintiffs in the unsuccessful High Court challenge to the validity of the government's postal survey on marriage equality. Yesterday, following a unanimous decision, High Court Chief Justice Susan Kiefel dismissed the challenges, saying, "Section 10 [of the Appropriation Act], on its proper construction, did authorise the Finance Minister to make the determination", and ordered that the plaintiffs pay costs -- which could total well over $200,000 according to The Daily Telegraph. And that's about all the court said -- detailed reasons behind the decision won't be published for a while yet