The same-sex marriage survey results are in… and it’s a YES
Love is love, is love, is love, is love.
It’s been over two months since those 16 million ballot papers began making their way to Australian homes. Some 12.7 million of you (a 79.5 per cent return rate) voted in a $122 million national survey and heated debates, public protests and failed skywriting attempts ensued. It’s been a long couple of months, but an even longer journey for the Australian LGBTQ community, who has been fighting for equality for years on end.
On Wednesday, November 15th, Australia was given their answer on whether or not the public wants to legalise same-sex marriage.
…And the answer to that is a resounding YES.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics in Canberra has announced that a whopping 61.6 per cent of Australians chose LOVE in the same-sex marriage debate, making history in our country.
While the result itself does not legalise same-sex marriage in Australia, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has vowed to do so before the end of the year.
This will see Australia join the likes of The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, Denmark, France, Brazil, Uruguay, New Zealand, The United Kingdom (excluding Northern Ireland), Ireland, United States, Luxembourg, Colombia, Greenland, Finland, Slovenia, Malta, Germany, Mexico and Taiwan.
To all our LGBTQ friends, we’re sorry it’s taken so long. But congratulations on this long overdue victory.
Today, love WINS, Australia.
Now get going on those wedding plans!
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