Australia did it.
The country has decidedly voted yes to marriage equality in its voluntary postal survey. Results were handed down by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday — Australians voted 61.6 percent in favor of marriage equality, giving the government a mandate to allow LGBTQI couples to marry. The nation’s parliament will now be under enormous pressure to pass a bill legalising that right.
It’s been a difficult, stressful period for many in the LGBTQI community in Australia, and the result comes as great relief. An unnecessary relief, due to the expense and legally non-binding nature of the survey, but relief nonetheless.
Here’s the thrill of pro-marriage equality supporters upon hearing the yes result in Sydney:
And here’s how the result went down in Melbourne.
On Twitter, celebrity supporters of marriage equality from the likes of Ellen DeGeneres and Sam Smith were elated at the result.
English singer-songwriter Sam Smith posted an elated video to Instagram and shared excitement that he’s “gonna be a bridesmaid.”
Good work Australia! Good work indeed x
— James Corden (@JKCorden) November 14, 2017
🏳️🌈🏳️🌈🏳️🌈🏳️🌈 LOVE JUST WON IN AUSTRALIA AND I’M SO PROUD AND EMOTIONAL AND WISH I WAS HOME 🏳️🌈🏳️🌈🏳️🌈🏳️🌈
— troye sivan (@troyesivan) November 15, 2017
I’m appreciative & happy but also angry the Australian gov wasted so much money, humiliated so many, exposed them to hateful rhetoric and made us beg for the privilege of what is a basic human right. Congratulations Australians, but shame on our government. #marriageequality
— Darren Hayes (@darrenhayes) November 14, 2017
Way to go Australia. You did it.