Australia legalizes same-sex marriage
Same-sex marriage survey by the stats: a resounding 'yes' but western Sydney leads 'no' vote
The non-binding nationwide postal ballot was launched in September and results are due on Nov Homophobic attacks and hate speech have spiked while anti-gay marriage activists complain of harassment and abuse, prompting parliament to pass emergency anti-hate laws. Same-sex marriage has long been a hot button issue in Australia, which only decriminalized homosexuality nationwide in , but the current vote has turbocharged the debate. The government launched the survey to gauge support for equal marriage before deciding whether to bring legislation to parliament.
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All age and gender groups voted in large numbers, with every state voting yes and a wide variety of electorates reporting a yes majority. There can be no doubt about the outcome of the long-running marriage survey. This result becomes more impressive when you dive into the data — all age and gender groups came out to vote in large numbers, with every state voting yes and a wide variety of electorates reporting a majority yes vote. This result does not reveal a country split down the middle but a country where a majority small or large supports marriage equality in most places. Most of these votes were for rather dull and technical constitutional tweaks, such as capping the retirement age for judges and tinkering with the Senate voting system.
Australians can remember the explosively emotional moment when the country overwhelmingly voted for marriage equality in by wandering down a giant rainbow path in a Sydney park. Commissioned by the City of Sydney, the path commemorates the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia. The location, recently renamed Equality Green, was chosen as the place where 30, people gathered to hear the results of Australia's marriage equality postal survey on Nov. The metre rainbow path in Prince Alfred Park commemorates the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia. It asked the question: "Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?