Australians are overwhelmingly in favor of legalizing marriage for same-sex couples. Only 38% of them voted against. These results confirm the surveys of recent years.
It was not a mandatory but a voluntary vote and yet 12.7 million Australians participated, or 79.5% of the population.
The results could have been even more positive. Some pro-equality people didn't participate considering that human rights shouldn't be put to a vote. This is their point of view. I think it was necessary to take part in it to make the vote yes even more widely. It also shows how much the Australians want equality for same-sex couples.
The yes is there and the LGBT community has celebrated it as it should. Scenes of jubilation erupted in Melbourne, the capital of the country, where had gathered hundreds of people.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the results were "unequivocal and overwhelming". Yep!
"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.
It wasn't a referendum but a request for opinion, so equal marriage is not a law yet.
Turnbull added that there would be a marriage equality law by Christmas.
I am suspicious of this kind of announcement from the Australian government. Every time, they tell us that it's going to happen, that they are in favor, and at the last moment they change their mind.
There is a bill that has been introduced, the debate has begun and there will be a vote soon.
For the first time, the things are now well under way. According to The Guardian, coalition parliamentarians, who were previously required to vote against marriage equality will now be given a free vote, Labor MPs are almost universally in favor and a majority of crossbenchers will also support the bill.
So that's super positive! We can estimate that there will be a favorable outcome to this vote.
What an excellent news to see millions of yes for marriage equality! We cross all our fingers for you in Australia.
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