Australia Votes ‘Yes’ to Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

Posted on December 7, 2017 by


On 15 November 2017, Australia announced that they would legalize same-sex marriage. The decision was settled upon a public opinion survey sent out to Australians to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’  on allowing same-sex couples to marry. Overwhelmingly, 61.6% of Australians voted ‘yes,’ while 38.4% voted ‘no.’ More than 12.7 million people participated in the survey.

There were campaigns running for and against the bill. 

When the results were announced, “the crowd jumped with ecstasy and relief. Rainbow flags blurred the sky with a frenzy. Couples grasped one another in long embraces, tears streaming down their cheeks.The polls said that Brexit wouldn’t happen, the polls said that Hillary would win, and I sort of thought this felt like Australia’s time to show everyone that we’re backward too,” Canberra native Tanna Winter said to the Associated Press. “Australians have spoken in their millions, and they have voted overwhelmingly yes for marriage equality.”

As early as 2007, polling showed a majority of Australians were in favor of allowing marriage for same-sex couples. Since then, poll after poll has shown the same thing.

“They voted yes for fairness, yes for commitment, yes for love,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said after revealing the results.

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