• Lexi Ponder

Australia votes ‘yes’ for same-sex marriage

On Nov. 8, 2017, Australia released its national vote on same-sex marriage. The results, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, showed that about 61.6 percent of the Australia’s population voted “yes” to allow same-sex marriage, along with about 38.4 percent who voted against it.

The results showed that more than 12.7 million individuals throughout Australia, or about 79.5 percent of the population, actually took the survey, and a majority of them answered “yes” to same-sex marriage. The survey was “controversial” because it put a “thorny issue at the whims of direct democracy” and its cost.

Many did oppose the survey, saying that human rights shouldn’t have to be voted on; they continued to urge Parliament to make a decision.

Crowds celebrated all over Australia, especially in Melbourne, with rainbow-colored smoke, confetti, screams and tears of joy, and dancing when they heard the results.

Alex Greenwich, a state lawmaker from New South Wales and the co-chairman of the advocacy group Australian Marriage Equality, said this result “shows that Australians have truly come together in support of their gay and lesbian mates and have said that everybody should be able to have the freedom to marry.”

According to the New York Times, Dean Smith, a federal senator from the Liberal Party, who is homosexual, has said that “he would immediately introduce a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.” He believes that he has the votes to pass the bill onto legislation in the Senate and then to Parliament’s lower house for approval.