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Australia says yes! (to same-sex marriage)

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26 days ago - Tuesday 11/14/17 - 6:43:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-austr...

Australians have voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage in a historic non-binding poll.

The vote showed 61.6% of people favour allowing same-sex couples to wed, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said.

More than 12.7 million people - about 79.5% of eligible voters - took part in the eight-week postal survey.

PM Malcolm Turnbull said the "overwhelming" result meant his government would aim to change the law in parliament before Christmas.

26 days ago - Tuesday 11/14/17 - 6:47:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
I hope they finally get it taken care of, tbh.
26 days ago - Tuesday 11/14/17 - 6:48:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think they will. 60+% is pretty decisive, and the government doesn't seem interested in trying to ignore the poll results.
26 days ago - Tuesday 11/14/17 - 6:57:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
Good job, Australia.
26 days ago - Tuesday 11/14/17 - 6:59:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
Good deal. I’d like to see national referendums here.
26 days ago - Tuesday 11/14/17 - 7:05:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
thought they did it already, but congratulations to them.
25 days ago - Tuesday 11/14/17 - 7:39:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's about time you backwards twats got with the times!
25 days ago - Tuesday 11/14/17 - 7:41:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
* cxnts

sorry
25 days ago - Tuesday 11/14/17 - 7:42:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
nah good on ya mate you’re alright
25 days ago - Tuesday 11/14/17 - 7:42:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
We're not here to f*ck spiders, mate.
25 days ago - Tuesday 11/14/17 - 8:08:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
The govt still has to agree to it...don't count your emus before they hatch..
25 days ago - Tuesday 11/14/17 - 8:38:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
Majority of MPs have said they will vote yes
25 days ago - Tuesday 11/14/17 - 8:46:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
Glad they wasted so much money on it....

Because this really doesn't mean sh*t.

They had two options, either have a parliamentary vote and cost nothing. Or have a legally binding referendum which would cost what it costs for this bloody thing, but the result would be final.

Instead they chose to spend the money and still leave it up to a parliamentary vote.

Way to go guys.

"Majority of MPs have said they will vote yes"

Great, so, why didn't they vote against the plebiscite and just vote yes initially?
25 days ago - Tuesday 11/14/17 - 8:48:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
I definitely don't totally understand how your system works, but yeah, that does seem kind of like a huge waste. If the whole idea was to go with the "will of the people" in this postal referendum, why not make it binding?
25 days ago - Tuesday 11/14/17 - 8:51:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's not a referendum, it's a plebiscite.

Plebiscite: Governments can hold plebiscites to test whether people either support or oppose a proposed action on an issue. The government is not bound by the 'result' of a plebiscite as it is by the result of a Constitutional referendum. Federal, state and territory governments have held plebiscites on various issues.
25 days ago - Tuesday 11/14/17 - 8:56:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
Thanks for clarifying that. It actually makes your last sentence ("why didn't they vote against the plebiscite and just vote yes initially?") make more sense to me, with my very little understanding of how your government works on this level.
25 days ago - Tuesday 11/14/17 - 9:03:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 11/14/17 - 8:46:33 PM UberRoxor wrote:
"Majority of MPs have said they will vote yes" Great, so, why didn't they vote against the plebiscite and just vote yes initially?


Obviously because they are useless.
25 days ago - Tuesday 11/14/17 - 10:29:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
Hey people it's progress. Granted like the most overdue process ever but,

Hooray!
25 days ago - Wednesday 11/15/17 - 12:27:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 11/14/17 - 7:39:18 PM CuckingFunt wrote:
It's about time you backwards twats got with the times!

It's Australia. They're not backwards, they're upside down.
25 days ago - Wednesday 11/15/17 - 12:28:33 AM EST (GMT-5)
crikey
25 days ago - Wednesday 11/15/17 - 12:35:08 AM EST (GMT-5)
I hope the govt does the right thing!

It amazes me that it is not legal there.
25 days ago - Wednesday 11/15/17 - 3:18:17 AM EST (GMT-5)
It’ll be done, no doubt in my mind.

But it’s been a ridiculous process.
25 days ago - Wednesday 11/15/17 - 7:41:51 AM EST (GMT-5)
Amazed at the 79.5% participation more than anything.
25 days ago - Wednesday 11/15/17 - 7:56:48 AM EST (GMT-5)
There was a poo load of campaigning on both sides to get people to vote. Plus two months to send your survey back. Plus the thing that everyone was talking about and an issue hard to ignore.
Additionally, from whatever perspective, it was well known how much this cost.
So 79% response rate seems understandable under those circumstances.

I mean you expect a 50% response rate on a general national survey, so chuck all that media and emotion behind it, 80% isn’t that high.
25 days ago - Wednesday 11/15/17 - 7:58:16 AM EST (GMT-5)
Correction: it is high, but very understandably so

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