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Australians vote in favor of same-sex marriage

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Good news, another country about to join the 21st century.

13 ( +19 / -6 )

Took long enough ! Congrats !

15 ( +20 / -5 )

That bible-bashing bigot Abbott had claimed that a 40% vote for no would be a moral victory. In the end, they couldn't even get that!

It should never have come to this non-binding vote which has cost a helluva lot of money to organize. And this has backfired into the bigots' faces.

However, I would take this as just the first step, albeit a big one. It ain't over till it's over.

Congratulations.

18 ( +20 / -2 )

Good result, but this poll is not legally binding, so let's hope the MPs now do the right thing

12 ( +16 / -4 )

Major setback for Tony Abbott and the church brigade.

Also a friendly reminder to the religious minorities who've recently moved to Australia that their adopted country supports equal rights for all and that's not going to change.

Still a waste of aud120M though.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Congratulations, Australia! I hope the government now lives up to the promise.

10 ( +13 / -3 )

Amazing news!

6 ( +9 / -3 )

Good on the Aussies. It will be interesting to see what, if anything, their government does about this now, as it was a non-binding postal survey.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

It was a colossal wait of money as polls consistently gave this result, just the bigoted right tried to fend off the majority opinion, with complicated and expensive postal votes in the hope people couldn't be bothered. Well they were bothered enough to use democracy and it would be a grave mistake for politicians to claim it as non binding.

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I cannot, for the life of me, understand why anyone would have a problem with this. The family unit is secure, nobody's being hurt or being forced to marry within their own gender or outside of their comfort zone. Step by step, equality is being achieved.

5 ( +10 / -5 )

Well Done Ausie Land.

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That bible-bashing bigot Abbott had claimed that a 40% vote for no would be a moral victory. In the end, they couldn't even get that!

"The "no" vote garnered 38.4 percent."

Where did you study mathematics?

-9 ( +2 / -11 )

Regarding basic mathematics.

38.4% is not the 40% Abbott claimed would be a moral victory for "no".

So, big fail all round. If not epic.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

I think it is great that the majority of Australians are openminded enough to accept same-sex marriage and let them be acknowledged as a couple. However, this is just a small step. It still has to get through parliament. And, the christian churches, who have a strong footing in parliament will be pulling out all stops to get it quashed.

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If a 'yes' vote is returned, we will do what we can to guard against restrictions on freedom of speech and freedom of religion

As long as people are allowed to voice their opposition to this ( as this person did ) and religious institutions are not forced to conduct same-sex marriages, there are no freedoms being infringed by this likely legislation

Why do these people keep banging on about freedom? I wish they'd have the honestly to march under their true banners.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

another country about to join the 21st century

But marriage seems so last century.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

kawabegawa198:

"The "no" vote garnered 38.4 percent."

Where did you study mathematics?

You probably won't know the school I attended but I did continue to attend mathematics courses during my undergraduate and postgraduate days at universities which consistently appears in the international top 10 list. You asked, so just saying. As a child, I also learnt that 38.4

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Last post was cut off.....

38.4

3 ( +4 / -1 )

38.4 is less than 39. If we're going to round up numbers to the nearest integer give or take a two, then Brexit would never have happened. And 75% of Tony Abbott's constituency disagreed with him.

Deal with it.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Congrats Australia, love is love no matter what.

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