Australia's Majority Vote 'Yes' for Same-Sex Marriage

Australia's LGBTIQ community are celebrating a winning 'Yes' vote for same-sex marriage. While several MPs and religious groups are still vocalising their opposition to the bill, it is anticipated to become law by Christmas.

Photo credits: Scott Barbour; Getty Images

Photo credits: Scott Barbour; Getty Images

With an overwhelming turn out for the postal survey, 12.7 million votes in fact, 61.6% of participants voted 'Yes', i.e. in favour of same-sex marriage. 

While several opposition MPs and religious organisations are likely to continue to vocalise their distain and blame campaigners and the media for the majority vote, by law the bill for same-sex marriage must come into effect by Christmas. What is interesting to note however, there are also MPs such as Lucy Wicks, who informed the public that she will be supporting the decision of the public, despite voting against the bill. 

"I'll be reflecting and respecting the "yes" vote of Australians in Parliament about same sex marriage.

My position hasn't changed - while I voted "no" in the survey and explained why, I will honour the voice of the majority of our community by voting "yes" to change the law."

According to The Guardian, Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnball stated that Australians had “spoken in their millions and they have voted overwhelmingly yes for marriage equality”.

“They voted yes for fairness, yes for commitment, yes for love. And now it is up to us here in the parliament of Australia to get on with it, to get on with the job the Australian people asked us to do and get this done,” he said.

The hard work is yet to begun as it's now up to Parliament to discuss the specifics for legislation in order to have a finalised version of the bill ready for implementation. The Xmas deadline could be difficult to meet as some Conservatives are still seeking to put forward bills of their own for consideration. 

In the mean time, the celebrations continue and people from all over the world are congratulating Australia for this historical and progressive step forward.

For many, it's an emotional time and a sign that Australia is taking equality seriously.

Congratulations are in order to our overseas cousins from Burn the Night


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