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Australia just voted overwhelmingly in favour of legalising same-sex marriage

By Mashable

Australia's overcome a hurdle on the long road to marriage equality — but the fight's not over. The country has just voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage in a non-binding, non-compulsoryRead full story

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  • Wonderful news: Australians have overwhelmingly voted YES to marriage equality

  • There are two different versions of this being considered for implementation. One would legalize same sex marriage but allow discrimination against same sex weddings. The other would allow same sex marriage and prohibit discrimination against same sex weddings. The first is kinda two steps forward one step back. Will be interesting to see how this goes down

  • A landslide.

    Over to the Australian government to do the right thing. Again, having people tell their personal stories about families and grandmas was key to changing minds.

    It doesn’t hurt that the Australians have Tiernan Brady, director of Australians for Equality, who was also the political director of Ireland’s “Yes Equality” campaign.

  • Huge turnout and clear cut victory - 61.6% Yes vs. 38.4% No!!!

  • It is also noteworthy that nearly 80 percent of the eligible Australians expressed their view.

  • Same sex marriage has had a tortured political experience in Australia. Howard banned it, Gillard “evolved” on the issue and Rudd wasn’t around long enough to push it through. Both major parties have been kicking this can down the road for over a decade.

  • Great news for equality. Everyone should be entitled to the same rights. Equality means equal. Congratulations. Embrace it.

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    As ecstatic as I see this news, I am still baffled that close to 40% voted against this, in a nation that is overwhelmingly portrayed as a progressive one. It indicates, yet again, the presence of the silent group of conservatives in Australia that are often pushed away from the spotlight by the liberal youth.

  • 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

  • Wonderful news! Democracy at its finest. I firmly believe it takes non-LGBTQ members to stand side by side with our LGBTQ friends to achieve true equality. In California, we fought against Prop 8, and fought until the courts ultimately sided with us. Australia took that a step further and chose on their own. Bravo, Australia.

  • I’d like to know the reason why 38.4% people voted NO. Conservativeness? Religious beliefs?

    Like the US presidential election, politically incorrect opinions surely exist, but aren’t conspicuous in public space.

  • I completely agree at the same sex marriage. Marriage itself has been out of date. It's wrong for governments to legislate and bind our loves. Love is freedom.

  • Wonderful news, but difficult era is coming.

    Have lived in australia for five years as international students, observing Australia have been divided in some ways. During the campaign, both side is becoming more radical and some of them have insulted opposite side.

  • I wonder this movement prompts other countries.

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