Joy after “overwhelming” Australian vote for equal marriage


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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.

You can read the full report here.

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3 Comments

  • Delighted for them.

    Blooming stupid that the law ever said any different, here’s hoping it is rapidly reformed there (and without the embarrassing inequalities our marriage law still has in Wales & England!)

  • Peter Martin 16th Nov '17 - 12:31pm

    @ The 61.6%

    Good on ya!

  • Excellent news !!!

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