"We are disappointed with the outcome," said Jonathon Hunyor, the head of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, one of the groups that mounted the challenge.
"But we now need to focus on ending discrimination against same-sex couples and making marriage equality a reality." - Courtesy and respect - The voluntary postal vote was strongly opposed by many gay marriage supporters, who said it would be expensive and divisive, subjecting gay people and their families to hate speech.
On Tuesday, their challenges were thrown out by the High Court, paving the way for ballot papers to be sent out as scheduled next week, with results known in November.
I was not entirely sure of my sexuality when I was younger, and with no LGBT role models in my life I never even realised that the feelings I had could be part of a normalised identity.
What I can say for certain is that this dependence on others and lack of any privacy meant I was too afraid to explore my own identity and find out what I wanted.
In hindsight, having come out with relatively little fuss, I subsequently realised that a lot of the anxiety and fear was mine alone.
Even had the care situation not been a factor, I may not have come out until quite late anyway.
This would include what ACL's managing director Lyle Shelton said would be the impact of the reforms on religious freedom and the rights of parents on whether their children would be taught "radical" gay programmes in schools.
Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher said in a post on his archdiocese's website that the push for marriage reforms raised key questions for Australian Catholics."If the law is changed, will Catholic parishes, schools, hospitals and welfare agencies still be free to employ lay people who profess our values? The government has allocated Aus2 million (US million) for the postal ballot, with voting to close on November 7.I have just had an incredible week and as a result, now have a boyfriend.While I watched others join LGBT student clubs I fretted about how I could possibly do that without my carers finding out.I stuck to what I considered the mainstream, and it was only when LGBT relationships unapologetically broke into this mainstream that I realised this was exactly what I had been searching for. At that point, I was starting to use my ventilator more and more and that entailed wearing an ugly, obstructive mask over my face.As a consequence, I never felt capable of coming out in my younger years.