Around the country, equality-loving Aussies have breathed a massive sigh of relief.
After three months essentially debating the question, ‘are gay people worthy of basic human rights?’ Australia has handed down its verdict.
Almost 80 per cent of eligible Aussies returned their postal survey forms back to the Australian Bureau of Statistics – the highest participation rate of any SSM referendum around the world.
After a week of nervous hand-wringing, David Kalisch, the big dog from the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced at a media conference in Canberra that Aussies voted YES.
FINAL RESULT: 61.6 per cent voted yes!
Huge crowds gathered around the country to hear the result.
YES campaigners organised an event on Oxford Street in Sydney, as well as functions in every other state capital:
Melbourne – State Library of Victoria, 9am – 12pm
Sydney – Prince Alfred Park, 9am – 12pm
Brisbane – Queens Gardens, 8am – 10am
Adelaide – Hindmarsh Square, 8am – 12pm
Perth – Northbridge Piazza – 6:30am – 8:30am
Hobart – The Cascade Hotel, 9:30am – 11am
Canberra – Haig Park, 9am – 12pm
Darwin – Oaks Elan, 8am – 9:30am
The focus now turns back to the politicians to end their cowardice and get this signed into law.
There is still debate what the final shape of the bill will take, as conservative politicians look to “protect religious freedoms” (read: legalise discrimination).
But for now, let’s just enjoy this win – it’s been a long time coming