Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Australia 'Votes' Yes to Marriage Equality, Clearing Path for Legalization

Congratulations to Australia, where 61.6% said yes to marriage equality in a mail-in plebiscite. (The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports that 12.7 million people responded, a whopping 79.5% of eligible voters.)

 “The Australian people have spoken, and they have voted overwhelmingly ‘yes’ for marriage equality,” said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who had called the national survey as a way to put pressure on conservative lawmakers, many from his own party. “They voted ‘yes’ for fairness, they voted ‘yes’ for commitment, they voted ‘yes’ for love.”

The vote is nonbinding, so while legalization is not a sure thing, the results make the path to marriage equality much clearer. Mr. Turnbull has already said that he would not allow a same-sex marriage bill that legalizes discrimination that was written in case the postal survey went the right way -- which thank god it did. Onward, mates!

Hear what the prime minister had to say about the historic moment HERE.

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