Australia Votes Overwhelmingly For Gay Marriage After Heated Campaign

It was only twenty years ago that the last Australian state, Tasmania, decriminalised male homosexuality. Whether one is in favour or not, Australia had a lot of catching up to do with other western nations.

In an Australian general election, there is no such thing as a “low turnout” since voting is compulsory for citizens. In contrast, the vote on gay marriage was voluntary and conducted by post, following two failed attempts by the government to hold a compulsory national vote that was denied twice in the Australian Senate. Senators opposing a compulsory vote had expressed concern that it would be more costly and exacerbate hate campaigns. Nevertheless, it was costly (A$100million or $76 million) and, at times, the campaign became violent. For example, a man was charge last month after former Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, an opponent of same-sex marriage, was headbutted. Abbott called the incident “politically motivated violence.” Police were called to intervene in a confrontation between rival groups at the University of Sydney, while some workers complained that they were harassed if they did not show support for the “Yes” vote.



Despite its voluntary nature, 12.7 million people, 79.5% of those eligible to vote, participated in the poll during an eight-week period. It asked one question.

"Should the marriage law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?"

With the votes counted, the “Yes” vote gained more than 60%, as the BBC reports.

Australians have overwhelmingly voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage in a historic poll. The non-binding postal vote showed 61.6% of people favour allowing same-sex couples to wed, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said. Jubilant supporters have been celebrating in public spaces, waving rainbow flags and singing and dancing. A bill to change the law was introduced into the Senate late on Wednesday. It will now be debated for amendments. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said his government would aim to pass legislation in parliament by Christmas.

 

"[Australians] have spoken in their millions and they have voted overwhelmingly yes for marriage equality," Mr Turnbull said after the result was announced. "They voted yes for fairness, yes for commitment, yes for love."

The Yes campaign argued that it was a debate about equality. The No campaign put the focus on the definition of family, raising concerns about how issues like gender will be taught in schools. Australia's chief statistician David Kalisch said about 7.8 million people voted in support of same-sex marriage, with approximately 4.9 million against it. He said participation was higher than 70% in 146 of Australia's 150 electorates. All but 17 electorates supported changing the law.

 

"This is outstanding for a voluntary survey and well above other voluntary surveys conducted around the world," Mr Kalisch said. "It shows how important this issue is to many Australians."

As the FT reports, “Yes” supporters celebrated after the result was announced, with high-profile business and celebrity figures getting involved.

The resounding victory for the Yes campaign sparked celebrations across the country, with supporters wearing rainbow colours and glitzy costumes at events to reflect on the eight-week campaign for marriage equality. Alan Joyce, the Irish-born Qantas chief executive who donated A$1m to the Yes campaign, performed a jig on stage at an event in Sydney, declaring it was an “amazing result, on an amazing day”. Tiernan Brady, director of Australians for equality, a lobby group that co-ordinated the Yes campaign, said voters had reaffirmed that most deeply-held Australian value — a “fair go for all”.

 

“Their message today is one of confidence in their values and their country. Their message to LGBTI people is one of generosity and inclusion. Their message to politicians is clear — it is time for them to do their jobs and pass marriage equality,” he said.

 

The vote in favour of marriage equality marks a watershed moment for gay rights in Australia, which remains one of the last English speaking developed nations that has not yet implemented the reform.



While the draft bill to legalise same-sex marriage is expected to pass the Australian parliament by Christmas, it has ignited division within the ruling political party, according to the FT.

However, Mr Turnbull is likely to face a tricky internal battle within his own party from a group of conservative lawmakers, who have used the issue as a proxy war for control of the ruling Liberal party. They are pushing for exemptions to individuals or companies who did not want to provide services to gay weddings due to religious or “conscientious” objections. The exemptions would allow parents to withdraw their children from school classes that do not accord with their own understanding of marriage. They would also enable people to discuss their traditional views about marriage without fear of legal penalties. Tony Abbott, a prominent No campaigner and former prime minister, said this week more protections were needed to guarantee freedom of conscience and freedom of religion.

 

“I look forward to a parliamentary process that improves on (the draft bill) to implement same-sex marriage with freedom of conscience for all, not just the churches,” he said. Critics say approving such exemptions would roll back years of anti-discrimination laws and encroach on protections for gay and lesbian people.

The following infographic from the FT shows the 26 nations which had legalised same-sex marriage before Australia’s landmark “Yes” vote.


 

Comments

Dindu Nuffins Dame Ednas Possum Thu, 11/16/2017 - 00:04 Permalink

If I was a girl, I'd be attracted to guys... because my brain and hormones would be different, mental differences being equally important as the physical differences necessary to render change outwardly, and nothing about hypothetical me would be identical to the real me.Seriously, though... Lesbos are ridiculously disgusting. Have you seen them? The real ones? 

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ParticularlySt… RedPillGirl Thu, 11/16/2017 - 00:21 Permalink

The simple fact is that democracy is the highway to hell. Conditions worsen, drugs pour in from every direction, and degenerate behavior spreads like wildfire. There is but one direction in which elections take us, and that is to worse situations, horrors shocking. Even now, there is a movement underway to "cure" illness by simply slaying men and women and children in their sickbeds. And abortion, which was devised of the system of democracy, is the slaying en mass, the innocents. No wonder atheists go to church to mow down man, woman and child. It's just the same disregard for innocence, the same brutality. Shall we continue with elections, which have driven us to such heinous and degenerate and disgusting "normality," "freedom"? Or shall we defend America, and defend our livelihoods, and our families? The time has come to call for fascism, and for fascism immediately!

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Buckaroo Banzai ParticularlySt… Thu, 11/16/2017 - 01:05 Permalink

Apparently, God is not happy, as it didn't take Him long to start smiting Aussies for their degeneracy and their insolence:"An Australian United Nations diplomat has died after falling from the seventh floor of a New York City building. Julian Simpson, 30, a second secretary to the UN for Australia, died on the Lower East Side in the early hours of Wednesday, local time. Simpson had been out with his wife and friends before they returned home to admire the view of the Empire State Building, which was lit up in rainbow colours to celebrate Australia’s gay marriage vote."https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/nov/16/australian-un-di…

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Multi ParticularlySt… Thu, 11/16/2017 - 06:46 Permalink

Nice, now just give them children for adoption. Nothing better for children than being abused by a couple of degenerates.I'm of the opinion that anyone voting for this kind of shit should be forced to choke on a cock at the polling booth (until completion without spitting). If you are willing to impose this as normal behavior for the rest of us, you may as well show it yourself. Put your money where your mouth is, I mean, put your mouth where your brain is,  hmm.. whatever.By the way, let's not stop the equality here: What about Zoophilic Animal Marriage?

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PT ParticularlySt… Thu, 11/16/2017 - 06:42 Permalink

Pick a couple, any couple.  Chuck 'em on an island in the middle of nowhere with plenty of food and resources.  They grow up together and love each other.  Is their life diminished by not being "married"?  I don't think so.So why does anyone need to get married?  Why not root whoever you like whenever you like and to hell with the consequences?  Why get married at all?Disease - minimize transmission.  Errr, have any homos been waiting to get "married" before they have sex?  I don't think so.Love?  Commitment?  You don't need a piece of paper to love or be committed.  In fact, a piece of paper proves that you felt the need for a piece of paper.  Looks like you needed the piece of paper to ENFORCE your love and commitment.  Like you were ready to run away without it.  Likewise the big party and the big announcement to friends and family.  What are you so proud of?  Fucking up the ass?  Why does everyone need to know about this?  So that if you do not stay together then the whole community can point to the couple and say, "But you PROMISED and we all WITNESSED it."  So while a marriage may indeed be a happy occasion for a loving couple, the undertone is an enforcement of a contract through social pressure.  If you truly are loving and commited, why do you need social pressure to enforce what you were going to do anyway?  The whole love / commitment thing is a nonsense.  It does not make sense.  Why do you need contract pressure and social pressure just because you want to rub your naughty bits all over each other?Babies.  Heterosexual sex leads to babies.  Babies starve and die if neglected.  People who work there guts out in order to raise children can suffer sleep deprivation, hard work, high levels of stress - in short, they stop looking carefree and attractive.  So the devoted mother is neglected by the men who gave her children.  Or some devoted man is neglected as he tries to raise the children of a promiscuous mother - many of which are not his.  Let's get this straight.  Marriage is 100% unnecessary unless it involves a man, a woman and their biological children.  You two put the kids on the planet, it is up to you two to raise them.  And if they sap you of your energy, make you tired and weak and too unattractive for each other then too bad.  No escaping your obligations.  You had the sex.  You had the ceremony.  You made the promise to all your friends and family.  You signed the piece of paper.  You now have to finish what you started without being a burden to the rest of the society.  And in return, society should not create more trouble for you than you already endure - go find your own husbands and wives.  These two are taken.Marriage is a protection for fathers and mothers.  Sure, they need to love each other and be commited to each other, but if they really are lovers / committed then they will do that anyway.  They don't need a ceremony, a piece of paper, permission from church or govt, or social pressure to do that.  All the marriage stuff is for protection.  Love has nothing to do with it.  Love doesn't cause marriage.  Liars cause the NEED for marriage.  (Liars?  Sometimes the best intentions ...)As such, homosexual marriage is a nonsense.  Why do they need to be "true" to each other?  Lower the risk of disease.  Any other reasons?Why do they need to let the goverment know they intend to / have been rubbing their naughty bits all over each other?Tax advantages?  Does this mean single people will be paying more tax than homosexuals?In "the old" paradigm, the man did "men's work" and the woman did "women's work" because "women were the weaker sex".  So the couple did well to couple together.  Well, that doesn't apply to homos now does it?  If you're both blokes then you can both damn well work.  If you're both women then - well tell me again, what was all that "women's liberation" stuff about again?  Point being, there is absolutely no need to recognize a homosexual union as if it means anything.Homosexual marriage makes a mockery of marriage and it makes a mockery of the law.In Australia, our poorest workers are losing working rights and conditions but that is being ignored in favour of pandering to the whims of homosexuals.  And if the homos were really honest with themselves, then they would have to admit that they really got nothing of value in return.Side note:  A lezzo couple I know got "married" a couple of decades ago.  Wrote out contracts, exchanged vows, had celebrant do the ceremony and witnesses etc.  They didn't need the govt to change the law.  (Sure, they weren't happy about it being "unlawful" but they did their thing anyway.)  What do they get from govt recognition?  Tax benefits?  More work for divorce lawyers?  The ability to scam landlords when they are boarding?  ("We were de-facto homo lovers.  Give me half of their stuff!")Feel good about themselves???  They will never feel good about themselves.  They got anti-discrimination and equal rights back in the 80's and it was not enough for them.  They got problems?  Sure they got problems.  But they're looking in exactly the wrong direction if they think they want to fix their problems.P.S.  PT reserves the right to say that, by definition, sticking things up your bum is a disgusting thing to do.  For those who have the urge, for those who think they need to sign pieces of paper admitting that they have the urge, go ahead.  I can not stop you and if I can stop you then you should not be doing it in my face anyway.  I respect the fact you have those urges.  But it is still a disgusting thing to do and I reserve the right to say that.  Just don't expect it to lead anywhere good.  Some have "seen" this movie before.  This time will end the same way.In case anyone hasn't noticed, PT voted NO.  PT has also declined to vote for his "favourite" (I use that term very loosely) major political party for a few decades after he noticed that particular party had no interest in looking after Australians but was willing to do anything for the pro-pervert lobby groups.  Now it looks like the opposite party is going to do it anyway.  One beast.  Two heads.

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PT PT Sun, 11/19/2017 - 03:39 Permalink

We need Engineers who can ensure we have enough water.  Instead we have politicians who tell us, "Use less water.  Oh by the way, we'll pay you to have more babies."We need Engineers who can provide us with more energy.  Instead we have politicians who tell us, "Use less energy.  Oh by the way, we'll pay you to have more babies."Everywhere we are put on rations instead of trying to solve problems.  It takes brains and balls to solve the big problems.  But any idiot can put the plebs on rations.  It takes zero brains to say, "Use less water.  Use less electricity.  Stop creating rubbish."  It takes zero brains to satisfy the whims of the Perverted Lobby Groups  - just sign a piece of paper saying, "Okay, we'll give in to your perverted ways." - Another message to homos:  your silly demands are being gamed for political advantage.  They buy the vote by signing silly pieces of paper instead of using real talent to solve the real problems of this world.Forget, "Let them eat cake."Here it's, "Let them fuck each other up the ass.  Okay, now let them sign a piece of paper admitting that they fuck each other up the ass."  The Pro-Pervert Lobby groups are not going away.  The Return-On-Investment is too high.  The rest of the country falls to ruins but all is ignored in favour of satisfying the whims of a few perverts.  And the MSM is complicit.  Even this ZH article is complicit.  "Oh, it took Australia 20 years to 'catch up' with the rest of the world".  Catch up?  How about, it took Australia 20 years to DEVOLVE to the depths of the rest of the world?  Any historian knows where this shit ends.

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effendi God Emperor Thu, 11/16/2017 - 00:58 Permalink

They clearfelled their maps of Tassie.The "vote" wasn't a vote but a postal survey. So because I didn't receive the survey form I wasn't surveyed. Quite a few survey forms went missing. As for the advertising that was involved (such as claiming that if 2 people are in love then they should be allowed to get married) it was also supported by those who want to legalise incestuous marraige (after all they are in love) and group marriage (should a bisexual or omnisexual person be denied the right to marry all those they love or have to deny one part of their sexuality by only marrying one person?) Hence the Coalition have lost my vote FOREVER as that fuckwit Turnbull wanted a back door way to legalise deviant marriage. BTW multiple politicians in Australia are queer, we only have about 200 federal politicians of which 8 are listed in Wikipedia as gay but many others are openly out but not mentioned on wikipedia or are descrete about their deviancy.The article also failed to mention that people were fired because they refused to support the Yes campaign.

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losses mount effendi Thu, 11/16/2017 - 04:37 Permalink

My how times have changed.Barry McKenzie - No Pooftershttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PfDro1UGUoAccording to ER doctors, getting foreign objects stuck in your anus is surprisingly common. The items on this list are weirder than most, however. We've gone beyond the "usual" bottles and dildos to bring you these ten truly bizarre items that have all been found lodged in peoples' bums. Something tells us that they didn't really slip and "fall" onto these objects!https://www.oddee.com/item_98446.aspxhttps://www.thoughtco.com/x-rays-o…

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PT stizazz Thu, 11/16/2017 - 04:56 Permalink

Now the pervert lobby group has had a win, you don't think they're going to pack their bags and go home quietly, do you?  Really?  Back to their day jobs?  Nup.  They're going to keep on going.  Evidence:  They're still here.  We stopped poofter-bashing back in the 70s.  It wasn't enough for them.  They got "equal rights" and anti-discrimination back in the 80s.  It wasn't enough for them.  They're still not happy.  They're never going away.  Our media always forgets to mention that all this shit has been tried before, many times.  This one will end the same way.P.S.  Contgrats poofs.  If ever a new dictator comes along and decides he wants to put all the poofs into concentration camps, he'll have a handy list of who they are and where they live.  And you queers willingly gave it to him.

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Victor von Doom Stackers Thu, 11/16/2017 - 00:37 Permalink

I doublt very much that we "voted" for this. The vote was non-compulosry, non-binding and required you reveal who you were as you voted. The stats also went to the Australian Bureau of Statistics - and were not vetted by the public. Personally, I call bullshit - but then again the faster this shithole of a state collapses the better, so maybe I should applaud along with all the commi fuckwits.

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PT Victor von Doom Thu, 11/16/2017 - 04:38 Permalink

Plus a whole lot of voting papers went missing when the whole thing started, plus it was a survey, not a referendum.  And now our politicians (and MSM) who love to TRY to ignore referendums will take this survey as a mandate.Actually, I would guess that the result would be the same, though hopefully not to the same extent, if not now then within ten years time.  A lot of brain-dead fools around here.  Someone should notify them that the survey was not pro-homo marriage.  It was a survey to discover what percentage of the population has absolutely no idea what a marriage is about, and absolutely no idea of what governments and laws are for.  They just trivialised and made a mockery of both.

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