Over the past year, the people of Australia have protested for social change and to legalise same-sex marriage. And their message was met loud and clear. Thursday December 7th, 2017 marked an incredible day for history, as Australia Parliament came together in Sydney, and voted to legalise same-sex marriage.
Lawmakers in Australia's parliament burst into song- literally- after passing a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. pic.twitter.com/lAuQgPSnC7
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 7, 2017
“Australia has done it,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. “Every Australian had their say and they said it’s fair, get on with it. The parliament has got on with it, and we’ve voted today for equality, for love.”
The results were overwhelmingly clear, with only four votes against the bill. After a nation referendum showed strong public support for gay marriage, the Senate passed the legislation for same-sex marriage two. And the final approval in the House of Representatives took place shortly after that.
The Community’s Involvement
Thursday’s marriage equality vote, proclaimed gay-rights activists’ victory in a hard-fought campaign. These activists have spent years arguing that conservative lawmakers were out of touch with public opinion. They eventually won over numerous Australian communities, including the business community. More than 30 executives petitioned the government to make this long overdue change.
Tiernan Brady, leader of the Marriage Equality campaign exclaimed to various reporters that “this is a wonderful moment in Australian history. The Australian people have re-affirmed that this is a land of the fair go for everybody. For the first time, the LGBTI community feels like a full member of society, which is an incredibly empowering moment.”
In the lower chamber of Australia’s House of Representatives, lawmakers, supporters, and politicians approached the gay-rights campaigners and rightfully applauded them once the legislation officially passed. The public gallery broke out in cheer, as Australia is now the 25th country to legalise same-sex marriage.
Projected Affects of Same-Sex Marriage
Allowing same-sex marriage will only create good for the continent down south. According to government figures, Australia had about 46,800 same-sex couples in 2016, which is a 39% increase since 2011. And Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. reported in September that the legalization of same-sex marriage will boost the Australian economy with a A$650 million windfall in the first year alone through the spin-off benefits from additional weddings.
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