Australia overwhelmingly votes 'yes' on marriage equality
Crowds cheer results of postal survey after divisive three-month campaign, with 61.6% saying yes to same-sex marriage
The results are in: A whopping 61.6% of Australians voted “yes” on a survey asking whether to legalize marriage equality.
While the vote doesn’t immediately legalize same-sex marriage, prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has said that Parliament now has until Christmas to make nationwide marriage equality a reality. Same-sex marriage has been banned in Australia since 2004. The controversial voting campaign lasted several months.
After a national vote that was resisted at every turn by marriage equality advocates who viewed it as an affront because it determined the right to equality before the law by a majoritarian vote, prominent LGBTI Australians celebrated that the Australian values of fairness and equality were reflected in the outcome.
Large public gatherings in major cities, including Sydney and Melbourne, saw marriage proposals, tears and the popping of champagne corks as Australia’s chief statistician, David Kalisch, announced the result in the capital, Canberra. […]
For Hannah Collins and Heather Ford, there was no time to waste. When Kalisch finally announced that the yes campaign had secured 61.6% of the vote in Australia’s voluntary same-sex marriage postal survey, Ford proposed. “Heather got down on her knee, mate, and the date is 4 April,” Collins said.
Love, love, love, love, love. Congratulations, Australia. Love wins again.