Nerves and anticipation have erupted into jubilation for supporters of marriage equality as they received the news that Australia had voted ‘yes’ in the same sex marriage postal survey.
A clear majority of 61.7 percent of participants voted in favour of legalising marriage between same sex couples — and the ‘yes’ campaigners couldn’t have been more excited:
The Melbourne reaction #MarriageEqualitypic.twitter.com/4Ye3VOd5NR
— Tom Cowie (@tom_cowie) November 14, 2017
Twitter also exploded with the news:
How Australia (and surrounds) reacted to ‘Yes’ vote on same-sex marriage. 3,853 Tweets per minute. #MarriageEqualitypic.twitter.com/6hSMKzuVv7
— Matt Young (@MattYoung) November 14, 2017
Politicians who have come out in support of same sex marriage joined the celebrations, most notable among them long-time supporter Labor senator Penny Wong, who told HuffPost Australia she was “really relieved” with the result.
In the lead up to the release of results, she told reporters in Canberra that the outcome would be “a profoundly important statement about what sort of country we are”.
What a day for her. Labor senator @SenatorWong listens to the #MarriageEquality result. @mearesy picture. #auspolpic.twitter.com/kFZN288ISw
— Stephanie Peatling (@srpeatling) November 14, 2017
A tearful Senator Penny Wong was embraced by senators after the same-sex marriage survey result was announced pic.twitter.com/MUpX0GXxSs
— andrew meares (@mearesy) November 14, 2017
— Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) November 14, 2017
Yes to love, yes to equality! 🏳️🌈 A historic day. A day of celebration and pride!
No more delays, no more excuses – it’s time to make marriage equality law now. pic.twitter.com/og3xnmrqag
— Tanya Plibersek (@tanya_plibersek) November 14, 2017
Well done AUSTRALIA on marriage equality. What a massive majority. Now to parliament.
— Kevin Rudd (@MrKRudd) November 14, 2017
Other public figures, including five-time Olympic gold medallist and openly gay man Ian Thorpe, were also celebrating.
Thank you, Australia #yes
— Ian Thorpe (@IanThorpe) November 14, 2017
#Auspol Thank you for #VoteYes on #MarriageEquality you are awesome pic.twitter.com/lJtSs0h0PQ
— Fr Rod Bower (@FrBower) November 14, 2017
Australia votes YES 🏳️🌈 #MarriageEqualitypic.twitter.com/rN3aQRExOz
— Sydney Opera House (@SydOperaHouse) November 15, 2017
But it was not only Australians who were waiting with baited breath at 10am on Wednesday. The world was also watching.
It’s been four years since New Zealand legalised same sex marriage, three years since the United Kingdom joined suit …read more
Source:: The Huffington Post – Australia