It’s finally happened! Australia has overwhelmingly voted to support marriage equality with 61% of the country declaring YES on the postal ballot. This is monumental for our 40,000 Australian members who are finally able to have their relationships recognised officially.
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The mood in Australia is one of jubilation with crowds gathering to celebrate the historic moment.
More than 12.7 million people (just over 79% of eligible voters) took part in the eight week poll with around 7.8 million voting ‘YES’ approximately 4.9 million against it.
The world stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Australia as the global campaign for equality takes another important step forward.
Rob Curtis, Gaydar MD said:
As an Aussie living in London I’m overjoyed at the result. It’s been a divisive and bitter campaign but in the end the good hearts of the Australian people proved that #LOVEWINS!
— Rob Curtis (@GaydarMD) November 15, 2017
Tom Snow, chair of Yes Campaign tweeted:
— Tom Snow (@tomrsnow) November 15, 2017
Ellen Degeneres joined in the celebrations on twitter also:
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) November 14, 2017
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnball (who is a strong support of same-sex marriage) will face a debate within his government over what the bill should now look like as there are some conservative MPs who still want it to include exemptions that permit businesses who oppose same-sex marriage to refuse goods and service for weddings.
This is the same debate we’ve witnessed across the world as conservatives fight to reclaim the ground they’ve lost to the LGBT community. Here at Gaydar HQ we’re hopeful that a bill will be passed this side of Christmas.
We have 40,000 members in Australia and we’d love to hear your stories about how you celebrated the marriage equality announcement and what this decision means for you.
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