61.6% say YES to Same Sex Marriage in Australia

Craig McCormack

Craig McCormack
15 November 2017

The world celebrates with Gaydar’s Australian Members after the historic vote for marriage equality!

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.


Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

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:

Tom Snow, chair of Yes Campaign tweeted:

Ellen Degeneres joined in the celebrations on twitter also:

What happens next?

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 want to hear from you…

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.

If you have a story you’d like to share on our blog, please email our blog team.

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Craig McCormack

Craig McCormack

Craig is smiling, bouncing ball of energy who’s gym fanatic and romantic at heart. He’s also part of the marketing team at Gaydar and has been with the company for coming up to eight years. Yes people, that’s his longest relationship ever!

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Comments (2)

  1. Avatar Villarosa says:

    Australia Deserves Same sex-marriage. I am with you Guys. And I am glad to hear this news. #lovewins

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