BREAKING - Australia votes to legalize same sex marriage

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15 Nov 2017 07:56 - +1767
They didn't vote, same-sex marriage has NOT yet been legalized. This was a non-binding poll of the overall population which is considered advisory. The government will still need to draft and vote on an actual bill to change the law here.
15 Nov 2017 07:08 - +342
Honestly about time. 61.1% yes 38.4% no, for those wondering. Rest are 'unclear'. 79.5% of Australia voted. Only 17/150 electorates with a majority no.
15 Nov 2017 07:23 - +252
Thank fuck. What a waste of money but hopefully they'll change the damn law. Nice to know 39% of Aussies who voted think we're second class citizens though.
15 Nov 2017 08:44 - +141
The title of this is quite misleading....... We didn't vote to legalise, we took a poll and the result was a yes. Although that means we as Australians favour same sex marriage our politicians can unfortunately choose to completely disregard that information. It was completely non binding. Don't get me wrong I voted yes and am exceptionally happy to see that the majority of my country agree in allowing all peoples basic human rights. But it has in no way been legalised nor is this a guarantee that our current government will legalise although they'd be fucking mad if they didn't.
15 Nov 2017 07:32 - +44
Brb, trying to get Kylie Minogue to marry me. I know she lives in London but it's hella cold in Scotland so I'm going to need to go down under. So to speak.
15 Nov 2017 07:48 - +37
PARTY TIME! Fuck you 38%.
15 Nov 2017 07:11 - +32
Damn proud of my county today.
15 Nov 2017 09:59 - +13
Great, so they conducted a little opinion poll showing what was already clear, that the majority were in favour of same sex marriage. What does this mean from here on out? Absolutely nothing. There still has to be a vote in parliament, which would be the same path to legalizing it whether we had this survey or not. Everyone keeps calling this survey a "plebiscite", not realising that a plebiscite was in fact blocked by the senate. So, to get around this, rather than have the Australian Electoral Commission conduct a poll, the Australian Bureau of Statistics was put in charge of it. The issue with this is that the role of the Australian Bureau of Statistics is to collect statistical data on matters such as deaths, births, population numbers, etc, not conduct a wide scale poll influencing the enactment of new legislation. Rather, that is the role of Australian Electoral Commission. So basically, this survey is a MASSIVE waste of resources and taxpayer money as it is still up to the politicians to vote on it, the same politicians who we supposedly elected to represent us. At this point, I highly doubt SSM will be legalised by Christmas, as it's in the bureaucrats hands now and this survey was non-binding.
15 Nov 2017 09:38 - +12
Good to know 30.5% of the population hate us enough to actually post "No" in the survey. Statistically, every third person I pass in the street still thinks I'm a second class citizen.
15 Nov 2017 07:12 - +12
YESSSS WOOOO <3 I'm so happy. This is wonderful news.
15 Nov 2017 11:51 - +11
I find it deplorable that five million people would go out of their way to deny their fellow citizens equal rights in this day and age, in a first world country.. I can at least empathize with people who were born in a different age, raised with prejudices that they cannot overcome, but to physically go out of your way, to go out and voluntarily choose to do this is disgusting to me
15 Nov 2017 07:50 - +9
now it needs to get past parliament
15 Nov 2017 09:39 - +8
15 Nov 2017 09:33 - +8
This seems a little bit gay if I'm being honest.
15 Nov 2017 12:04 - +5
At first, I was one of the people who thought the postal vote was a waste of time and money. But now that we have a YES vote, I actually feel pretty validated BECAUSE of the public vote. Rather than having several hundred MPs voting on this (the decision of which would have caused outrage on either side; how can a handful of politicians make a decision that affects MILLIONS of people?!?), it went to a public vote, the public have spoken, and the MAJORITY are FOR gay marriage. Honestly, that's made me feel pretty good about myself, that the majority of my fellow Australians want to support the gay community.
15 Nov 2017 12:15 - +4
No we didn't. For fucks sake, as has been reported for ages now, this was a postal vote to see opinions. This was not legally binding or a law being passed. Which is why a lot of Australians thought it was dumb as shit.
15 Nov 2017 11:45 - +4
Maybe Ben and Jerry’s finally got through to them.
15 Nov 2017 07:12 - +4
15 Nov 2017 07:45 - +4
15 Nov 2017 11:31 - +3
My longest yea boi ever
15 Nov 2017 12:21 - +3
Bit off putting to consider there are nearly 5 million people who voted against this.
15 Nov 2017 10:40 - +3
F' me. They hadn't yet? I guess that kind of evens out them being ahead of us on gun control.
15 Nov 2017 08:57 - +3
15 Nov 2017 08:27 - +3
Finally! Great news, waited for this longer than expected but not going to complain.
15 Nov 2017 12:37 - +2
Well that's awfully nice of them. Not binding, but still nice. And they didn't even get their 40% "moral victory" on the *no* side.
15 Nov 2017 08:38 - +2
the Australian government are trying to get it legalised before christmas, but also i read somewhere that now politicians have to vote or have another say in it...
15 Nov 2017 10:59 - +2
G'day being able to choose one's preferred mates!
15 Nov 2017 10:51 - +2
15 Nov 2017 13:02 - +2
Homosexuals are gay
15 Nov 2017 09:16 - +2
133 of 150 electorates voted yes in the majority, 95 by more than 60%. Just 17 electorates voted no. 7,817,247 people voted yes. 4,873,987 voted no - just 38.4% of the clear responses. 79.5% of people voted. This was “outstanding for a voluntary survey.” All age groups had participation rates above 70%, but slightly more in older age groups. 18 and 19 year olds responded with around 78% participating.
15 Nov 2017 07:41 - +2
This has been a tough few months and I'm so happy it's a yes
15 Nov 2017 09:07 - +2
Omg. Congrats to Australia!!!!
15 Nov 2017 07:46 - +2
Congratulations! Long overdue but progress is progress!
15 Nov 2017 10:51 - +2
I thought it was just a poll, not an actual vote to make it legal? Going off from comment I saw in other su reddits though so I don't know for sure
15 Nov 2017 07:32 - +2
15 Nov 2017 09:02 - +2
It's not binding. The government will ignore it.
15 Nov 2017 08:24 - +2
old man waterfall just can't wait to tell his husband.
15 Nov 2017 11:36 - +2
15 Nov 2017 08:05 - +2
15 Nov 2017 07:26 - +1 Not that I'm plan on getting married soon, but some religious people are hard asses.
15 Nov 2017 14:54 - +1
I wonder how they'll keep stalling on our rights now that this is done.
15 Nov 2017 07:46 - +1
15 Nov 2017 12:31 - +1
A win for love and equality!
15 Nov 2017 09:16 - +1
Was it still with that vague wording?
15 Nov 2017 15:08 - +1
Funny how that shit island loves to hate on America for its biggot ways. Little late to the party eh? also, the aboriginal folk are waiting for their reimbursement.
15 Nov 2017 09:45 - +1
Austria you say? Good for the bavarians...
15 Nov 2017 11:45 - +1
No they didn’t...
15 Nov 2017 10:09 - +1
The politicians seeing this and still voting no would be political suicide. Those people who were indifferent to the vote would be pushed to support it when they see politicians going against a majority vote, contrary to what they said they would. We can only hope they do so when the next election rolls around the 2 major parties can be kicked to the curb by a surge in 18-25 year old voters who find it hard to care about politics.
15 Nov 2017 13:25 - +1
What a pathetic waste of money thanks to the LNP :) I don't know a single person who is against marriage, it should be a jailable offence to waste $100 million tax money on something that shouldn't be illegal in the first place.
15 Nov 2017 10:25 - +1
About fucking time.
15 Nov 2017 14:59 - +1
An idea. That's all it is. LGBT, marriage, it's all made up to oppress you. If you must call yourself anything why settle for less than God.
15 Nov 2017 10:27 - +1
I’m proud of the 62% of responders that voted yes. Now we can only hope that our government actually brings this into government without packaging the bill with a pile of toxic discriminatory nonsense
15 Nov 2017 11:21 - +1
Politota (from rus. Политота = politics)
15 Nov 2017 10:30 - +1
This is awesome news. Maybe I should move to Australia.
15 Nov 2017 11:36 - +1
Finally. They banned Airsoft guns with a quickness but couldn't get this *pro* rights fundamental passed?
15 Nov 2017 10:36 - +1
A sign of the times.
15 Nov 2017 11:50 - +1
that’s kinda gay
15 Nov 2017 10:46 - +1
I am so glad that now the government will be able to see what the majority wants! This is not my country even if I live here, but I am so happy!
15 Nov 2017 13:22 - +1
Dear the gays peoples, You are welcome. Regards, An Ozstralien
15 Nov 2017 10:46 - +1
You mean gays still cannot legally ignore a nagging wife or talk to a husband who doesn’t listen
15 Nov 2017 14:33 - +1
As a gay American, Love you all! Welcome at last!
15 Nov 2017 11:04 - +1
I love how people are blind to the fact that the government couldn’t give two craps about the people and how they feel the need to get married with the same sex. It’s only legalized for pure economical reasons. The same reason the regular religious marriage turned into a legal matter.
15 Nov 2017 14:55 - +1
Good vibes only! 🙌😌[good vibes only for Aussies ](
15 Nov 2017 11:21 - +1
Awesome! About time!!!!
15 Nov 2017 15:05 - +1
**61.6%!** That makes me jealous... I wish I would live long enough to see a similar magnitude of support for same-sex marriage in my country.
15 Nov 2017 11:32 - +1
And another country stands up! Way to go Aussies!
15 Nov 2017 07:22 - +1
YES! When I saw the news just now they only listed the "no" count and I got scared for a minute.
15 Nov 2017 07:30 - +0
Go Australia! I love it when it's legalized by vote.

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