When Australia Heard The Marriage Result [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports:

A solid majority of Australians voted in favor of same-sex marriage in a historic survey that, while not binding, paves the way for Parliament to legally recognize the unions of gay and lesbian couples.

Of 12.7 million Australians who took part in the survey, 61.6 percent voted yes and 38.4 percent voted no, officials announced on Wednesday morning. Participation was high, with 79.5 percent of voting-age Australians taking part.

“The Australian people have spoken, and they have voted overwhelmingly ‘yes’ for marriage equality,” said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who had called the national survey as a way to put pressure on conservative lawmakers, many from his own party. “They voted ‘yes’ for fairness, they voted ‘yes’ for commitment, they voted ‘yes’ for love.”

The results were announced as proponents of gay rights gathered at public events in cities around the country to watch the news. The largest crowd, at Prince Alfred Park in Sydney, broke into cheers as the news became clear.

  • kcken

    Love all the happy videos Joe!

    • Cuberly Deux

      We need them BADLY!


    • skyweaver

      They’re so great!

  • bkmn

    When clicking on twitter links of people from Australia celebrating I am already seeing lots of people replying to them with messages the vote was fixed. I guess Putin has his bot-army working overtime.

    • Ninja0980

      Yup, with the bigots happy to join in.

  • Ninja0980

    Happy to see this after the months of crap thrown Australia’s way.

  • blackstar
    • NZArtist

      Christ, you wouldn’t have to keep doing this if you’d all just got off your butts and voted for someone not insane a year ago.

      • Most of us did. The Russians stole it, with Trump and GOP help.

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          And we lazy libs need to get off our asses and rid ourselves of this shit at the ballot box and in the streets, protesting

          • Lizard

            What is this “we”? I voted.

          • Stephen Elliot Phillips


      • Ninja0980

        And showed up in midterms.

      • scream4ever

        Tell that to the Progressives who refused to vote for Clinton.

        • Joseph Miceli

          Stop being a tool of Russian bots and sowing conflict!

        • NZArtist

          And for no good fucking reason! It’s all just vague “Well, you know, I heard she did this, and what about Bill, and the Clinton foundation did something, and …. well just because!”
          They fall for the right-wing talking points. And that is exactly what the right-wing wants! Paint a great and reasonable candidate as the demon to split the progressive vote.
          Swift-boat, anyone? Fuuuuuuuck.

      • HeyYouKidsGetOffMyLawn


    • Tawreos

      Won’t they ever just give up on this bullshit?

      • djcoastermark

        We all know the answer to that. 🙁

    • SoCalGal20

      This is going viral. When I retweeted this a little while ago it was at like 5400 retweets.

    • safari

      Republicans trip over own dick, again.

      I can’t see this as anything but a poison pill for parts of their own party. Much like the rest of the bill: why would any representative vote to increase taxes on their own constituents to favor those in other states?

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        Because their constituents get their so-called news from Fox; they pay no attention to anything else.

    • Judas Peckerwood

      Please run for president, Al. That is all.

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips


    • The_Wretched

      The ‘obamacare repeal’ always was about freeing up cash for the tax cut.

  • Wynter Marie Starr

    Welcome to the 21st century, Australia! Thank you for voting for equal rights and for love. You guys rock.

  • Boreal

    Good news is sorely needed these days.

    • StraightGrandmother

      Yeah, you’re right.

      It feels good to feel HAPPY.

      I don’t know why but I am thinking about the words of Tim Cook, CEO Apple computer when he came out as a gay man. Maybe re-read his full statement but I’ll never ever forget the last words,

      [snip] I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realise how much I’ve
      benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people
      to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy.

      [snip] All it does is allow me to look at those pictures and know that I’m
      doing my part, however small, to help others. We pave the sunlit path
      toward justice together, brick by brick. This is my brick.

      Australia is one more brick in the path towards justice. It feels GOOD to feel happy.

  • Cuberly Deux
  • Mike in Texas

    Congratulations to our Australian brothers and sisters. I wish you didn’t have to go through this vote, but how nice that it is so much in favor of marriage equality.

  • j.martindale

    There will be much joy that is the result of this. For those that don’t find joy in it…who cares about the haters? Thank you Joe. We all need to see some good things happening nowadays!

  • Aww, Widdle Donald is losing a bosom-buddy fwend today.

    • JCF

      Please Dear God, YES!!!

    • Ninja0980

      May Mugabe and his worthless wife be thrown in jail and never let out.

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    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Yes please!
      Mugabe has been an absolute monster!

    • ByronK

      Decades too late. He should rot in jail for the small amount of time that he probably has left.

    • coram nobis
    • JT

      On to the trash heap of history with all the other tyrants. Drumpf will soon follow.

    • Todd20036

      I guess taking over farms and leaving them to rot turned out to be a bad idea

    • ian

      Good Mugabe is gone, but a military coup doesn’t mean things will improve for the country. It may be simply exchanging one vile POS dictator with another. I would be pleasantly surprised if this turns out to be an improvement over Mugabe in any way. But I doubt it.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      Sooner or later, dumpy, you’ll get your comeuppance, too.

    • ChrisMorley

      Zimbabwe army denies coup against Mugabe as it takes control of Harare

      – Announcement by military on state broadcaster says President Robert
      Mugabe and family are safe but army is ‘targeting criminals around him’

      – Reports of explosions and takeover of state broadcaster in Harare

    • Joseph Miceli

      Wow! I never thought I’d see the day. When is his trial for crimes against humanity?

  • JCF

    Way OT (gotta run, can’t wait for new on-topic thread):

    Anti-Semitic SLEAZE: robocalls are running in Alabama, where a guy presents himself w/ a Jewish name, and fake NYC accent, saying he’s from Washington Post offering “money to testify against Roy Moore, but you won’t have to give your name”.

    Oh Alabama Talibangelicals…can you PLEASE just go (back) to Hell???



  • Lizard

    Reminds me of the pride parade I went to on June 27th 2015 🙂 Way to go Australia!

  • StraightGrandmother

    Oh what a trip down memory lane as we celebrate today one more bend of the arc towards justice.

    Hard for me to type, that moment from New Zealand makes me cry every.single.time. I watch it.

    So happy for all of YOU! So happy.

    • Ninja0980

      Long time no see!

      • StraightGrandmother

        I know, I am mostly on twitter but for all the BIG moments there is no place I would rather be than here with all of you.

        • Dazzer

          You’re deeply, deeply loved here. Many welcomes.

    • Todd Allis

      New Zealand did it best!

      • bobbybear.i.am

        New Zealand was the most emotional but the Irish results were, for me, where it all seemed like we were finally winning and would keep on winning.

        • StraightGrandmother

          I agree with you there.

          Remember “Home to vote?”

          It was amazing on Twitter, people flew back home from literally all over the world because you had to vote in person, didn’t it change the Constitution and so there were no postal votes allowed, you had to vote in person. I remember being on twitter and reading all the tweets of people flying in from places far away just to vote. Thinking of that again brings tears to my eyes.

          Ireland was the first country direct public vote, Panti Bliss what a guy (and I think that’s okay to call her a guy since she’s not transgender but rather a drag queen). Remember Panti Bliss and her talk? I’ll never ever forget that talk. And the commercials, the Irish made some beautiful commercials, there is one I remember where the person went door to door asking the home owners if it was okay if they could marry and all the home owners said sure. Remember that commercial?

          Here is Panti Bliss, she changed things she really really did. She reached people, she explained things in a way straight people could understand.


          • 2guysnamedjoe

            Sinead’s Hand is a beautiful, powerful video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ganRbr-WBiI

          • StraightGrandmother

            That’s the one!
            Thank you so much.
            I hope everybody watches this video again.
            Thank you so much.

          • Ginger Snap

            Yup it still brings on the waterworks

          • DonnaLee

            You know it!

          • GanymedeRenard

            Thank you, SG. Thank you! Thank you for being there for us. I bend my knee and say thank you to you with tears in my eyes.

            This is another one of Panti Bliss’ brilliant speeches, as you may remember:


    • scream4ever

      Well hello stranger!!!

  • Cuberly Deux
  • DoctorDJ
  • Lazycrockett
  • canoebum

    Good news is always welcome. Bravo Australia!

  • Gigi

    I didn’t think this would affect me that much but, truth be told, I was sobbing like a baby. I was so loud that my puppy came over to make sure I was okay. 😍

    • StraightGrandmother

      I cried too. I got misty eyed watching the Australia reaction but was full on blubbering watching the New Zealand video. Such dignity the way they did it in New Zealand.

      Ours was good too, our win was very emotional for me. I knew we won the moment SCOTUS Blog blogged “Kennedy with the decision” before they announced what the actual decision was. In a nano second I knew if Kennedy wrote the decision we WON! I still have that screenshot of SCOTUS Blog. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/00902916bc749e43a9a43cc2c59e8c9c73aa25289cef41d0b89cab8d5e46ed8a.png

      • sfbob

        The New Zealand video is the most powerful. i cried watching it when it happened; I cried even more watching it today.

        • Reality.Bites

          Sadly Canada’s vote for marriage came before TV was invented. 😉

          It was really rather anticlimactic when it came. By the time it passed there were only two provinces where marriage wasn’t legal yet, and those only because they couldn’t find anyone to challenge the law (unopposed).

      • fuzzybits

        Hey SG. Hope all is well.

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        SG! Long time no see. XXX & OOO

  • Paula

    I won’t believe until I see it. The population may have voted yes, but the haters among their legislature can put a stop to it or weaken it to be worthless.
    Sorry to rain on everyone’s parade.

    • Ninja0980

      I agree and you can be sure they will, public vote be damned.

    • bobbleobble

      I don’t think they can. There is a majority in both houses in favour of the change and the amendments will be open to everyone to vote on so will probably be easily voted down. A similar thing happened in the UK.

      • Paula

        I hope so. I would love to see the sadz from the Oz fundamentalists.

      • Robert Pierce

        Everyone of the wrecking amendments in Parliament were shot down. I was outside Parliament the day the bill was in its third and final reading in the upper chamber. Astounding was that the upper chamber voted for the bill merely by acclamation, no vote was needed. Not a common occurrence either. One of the peers who was against actually conceded the bill would pass overwhelmingly and it did. I’ll never forget it.

    • Reality.Bites

      You should really learn more about parliamentary systems before commenting foolishly on them.

      • Paula

        Don’t count your chickens!

  • What The Eff!?

    This is great news. But I must be in a shitty mood today, because the more I think about the fact that Australians got to vote for or against the equal rights of their LGBT fellow citizens is absolutely degrading and infuriating, win or lose.

    • Michael R

      I agree with that , on the other hand the ability to vote makes people feel empowered instead of having things forced on them and being resentful about it later .

      • What The Eff!?

        I mean no offense to you, but for all I care the bigots can stew in their resentment for the rest of their lives (as if they weren’t doing that already).

      • Ninja0980

        The bigots will be resentful no matter how equality is given to us so fuck them.

    • NZArtist

      Note they were *forced* to vote. It’s a legal requirement to vote.
      The shitters were the Australian pols who wasted over one hundred million dollars on the shitty referendum *non-binding*.
      It’s the pols who deserve to be hung out for the shittiness of an otherwise overwhelmingly positive day.

      • bobbleobble

        They weren’t forced to vote, it was voluntary.

        • NZArtist

          Sorry, you’re right. The vote wasn’t legally forced. Electoral voting in Australia is mandatory – I was confused.
          Nevertheless it would be fair to say anyone in favour of marriage equality would still feel obliged to vote *even though they object to the referendum* because otherwise the ‘No’ votes would be over-represented.
          The shitters are still the politicians for putting voters in that bind.

    • fuzzybits

      They did it here in 2004.

  • Blake J Butler

    Yay, although they shouldn’t have had to put it up to a vote to begin with.

    it should have been a given, to begin with.

  • JT

    Holy fucking shit! Thank you, Australia! You’ve trounced the haters and shown your true colors.

  • Talisman

    79% is an amazing response. Most surveys, at best, have only a 15-20% response. I think “landslide” undersells this victory.


    Do we have an agenda??

    Yes we do.

    That we are given the same Rights, Privileges, and Respect under the law as every other citizen in our respective countries. We ask for no more and we will except no less.

    • Talisman

      Life and love is a human right…

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
    • LeeCMH

      A very moving post.

      I recall feeling the same way when this song was played showing the Ukraine revolution.

      In France, Ukraine, Australia, and here in USA, the struggle remains the same.

      I am soooo happy for the people of Australia.

  • JT

    WTF is going on with Disqus? It doesn’t have the highest upvoted entries listed on the top under sorting by best.

    • Lizard

      It’s been weird all day. I couldn’t get comments to post at all earlier and the sorting has been all wrong.

      • William

        I had to log off and back on earlier.

  • blackstar
    • Treant

      He’ll still win, the Senate will seat him because…what ethical issues? What’s an ethical issue?

      But hopefully it spits back at them in 2018 and 2020.

      • blackstar

        looks Moore and Moore unlikely 😉

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      OMNEG! You can’t make this shit up. Bahahahahahahahaha

    • Lizard

      Could be something, could be nothing. I didn’t know 95% of my class in high school.

    • Cuberly Deux
    • paulrees100

      Roy Moore is slime. And a 30-something man targeting teen girls is very creepy. At age 18 I’d moved in with a 30-something “boyfriend” & ended up paying his rent!

      I eventually met my TRUE love of 33 yrs when I was 21 & he was 42. He died a few yrs ago at 77 & he was the best thing that could ever have happened in my life. Circumstances are everything & by age 21 I knew exactly what I was getting into. At 18…not so much.

      A few years can make a huge difference.

      I guess I always had a Daddy thing, but now I’m after cubs…otters…

  • Jerry Hinnant


  • Congrats! But don’t drop your guard as there’s still evil and rabid opposition that will forever lie and work fervently and in an underhanded fashion to destroy the progress. God has a way of inciting violence and he’ll be used at every turn to shut it down.

    • another_steve

      All praise and glory to the life expectancy table.

      We’re living through a transitional period. When you’re living through a transitional period, it’s sometimes difficult to perceive the changes.

      Fear not.

    • BearEyes

      so true.

  • another_steve

    Ironically, this result is similar to the percentage of ignorant and hateful bigots here in the U.S. — approximately 38 percent or so of the voting population are haters.

    Donald Trump’s base.

  • Bj Lincoln

    The wife has been getting messages, calls and video from friends downunder all day. I do hope this helps push marriage thru and they can start soon.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci
    • greenmanTN

      Jesus. Somebody needs to resurface that Court; it seems to have been in a landslide!


      • MB

        Someone needs to buy her a decent wig.

      • BearEyes

        that neck alone is a San Andreas buckle.

    • William

      When did Jan Brewer move to Australia?

    • Ben in Oakland

      What is that thing you’re wearing around your neck, honey? Who knew they made chain mail in flesh tones?

      • stevenj

        Maybe she’s related to McConnell. Looks like turtle gizzard to me.

  • StraightGrandmother

    When we won at SCOTUS I did something I never did before, I spent quite a bit of time revenge Tweeting every hater I could think of. They all heard from me and I rubbed it in their faces. Now which sweet as apple pie American women has been treated to trips to Australia multiple times to fight against gay marriage? Anybody remember?

    Why it is AskTheBigot Katy Faust. Now she has a Twitter handle ThemBeforeUs [implying gay people should not become parents], think of the children Oh My!

    I’ll be back shortly I have some revenge tweeting to do.

  • ian

    Great news! Hooray for Australia !

  • Paula Key

    I’m visiting OZ and it’s wonderful news.

  • fuzzybits
  • JoeMyGod
    • StraightGrandmother

      Beautiful, really beautiful,

      reminds me of this


      • Ross
        • djcoastermark

          Now that’s cool !

        • Megrim Twist

          Ooo! Your parlor is lovely!

          • Ross

            Thank you! I spent two years looking for a 1950s ranch…and ended buying 1894.

          • whollyfool

            I have a 50’s ranch. You made a good choice. 🙂

          • prixator

            Mine’s 1892! But nowhere close to as nice as yours.

        • stevenj

          I’ve painted a lot of Victorians in my (adult) life but never seen window frame woodwork like that. What style Victorian is it? Stencils on the ceiling, walls? Hope you don’t ever have to replace a curved window. Here in SF they are incredibly expensive and some people opt for tacky plastic.

          • Ross

            I stenciled the walls. The ceiling is hand-painted.

          • stevenj

            It’s beautiful.

          • edrex

            gorgeous. is there more to say abt. the ceiling? we need to have ours replastered and i’m looking for ideas.

          • Ross

            The ceiling is flat. Then I painted the pattern with gloss poly. The pattern is created with tape. A bit tedious but made MUCH easier with a large rolling scaffolding.

            I think of the effect as Cracked Ice.

          • Ross
        • LeeCMH

          I am now inspired to some home decoration for my place.

        • whollyfool

          Wow. Nice parlor!

      • Fritz Keppler

        I’m looking forward to the day when the White House will once again be in such raiment.

  • abqdan

    Australian conservative politicians: Well that’s inconvenient. Let’s just ignore the result.

  • Stogiebear

    It’s a wonderful romp down Memory Lane to revisit these videos. Congratulations, Australia; and thank you for adding to them!

  • Ginger Snap

    “Happy, Happ, Joy Joy”- Ren and Stimpy.

  • Ross

    While I am glad for Australia, I find all this appalling.

    Equal rights should not be something to “vote” on.

  • Lazycrockett

    PC Matic guy creeps me the fuck out.

  • No More GOP.

    I so badly needed some good news today. Thank you, Australia, for being the people I know you are.

  • William

    Celebrate Australian style!

  • hdtex
  • Ben in Oakland

    Now, maybe we can have a mail in plebiscite whether bible believing Christians who are willing to tell any lie about their gay and lesbian brethren, no matter how vicious or detached from reality, should be entitled to all of the benefits of citizenship in OZ.

  • Jake GG

    Where next? Does this increase pressure at all on Northern Ireland, Italy, Greece, Switzerland, Japan, elsewhere?

    • LeeCMH

      It does hint the countries on your list are on the wrong side of history.

    • MDixon34


  • stevenj

    This reminds me of the day Obergefell was announced. Absolute joy!

  • blackstar
  • SDG

    Don’t mean to rain on anyone’s Pride Parade… but this is just a non-binding vote. It “paves the way”, not done yet.

    • billbear1961

      It will cause a major uproar if it doesn’t go through now, after all this.

      Turnbull would be skewered alive!

      • If Turnbull and the conservatives flub this one, it will certainly cost them the next election.

        But for now, the overwhelming “Yes” vote (75%) in his own electorate has scuttled Tony Abbott’s (Mr Vote NO) chances of ever becoming PM again.

        • billbear1961


          The “Yes” victory is terrific news, Roger!

          Hope weddings can begin by Christmas, as Turnbull himself is saying!

          • It is wonderful news! As we speak, the enabling Bill is on its second reading in the Senate; and the expectation is that it will pass tonight or tomorrow without any significant amendments. There will then be a delay, as it can’t be debated in the House of Representatives until it reconvenes on the 27th, which is Monday week. The House will then have a fortnight to pass it before Parliament rises on December 9 for the Christmas break. If that happens, then it should receive the Royal Assent a few days later. And the PM will be able to bask in having fulfilled his promise to being about ME before Christmas.

            If it doesn’t — that is, if the PM (and/or his Speaker) allows it to be delayed until early February by having to debate a bunch of ratbag amendments in the House — it will have to wait until the second week in February, and the PM will have egg on his face. Which is not a position he wants to be in, as the current constitutional crisis will almost certainly have come to a head by then.

            Details here: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/11/15/parliament-clears-diary-debate-same-sex-marriage-law

  • scream4ever

    I still say Minnesota had the best “moment of victory”, although maybe I’m a little biased because I worked on the campaign:


    • KnownDonorDad

      That was a great moment. Minnesota deserves its place next to Washington, Maryland, and Maine among the states.

  • Dayglo

    Oh, yes they didgeriDID!

  • GanymedeRenard

    Onions, Lots of onions.

  • Edmund Allin

    To those who say this was “just a poll”, I’d like to point out that of the roughly 15.7mn voters in Australia, 12.7mn responded.

    Australians seem to have taken this very seriously, though perhaps the fact that ordinarily voting is compulsory there may have conditioned them to do so. Whatever the situation, this is a very solid win. Congratulations.

  • Rob NYNY

    Christianity’s gods fail again.

    • billbear1961

      But JUSTICE, the sole and SUPREME Deity, has TRIUMPHED, and through the Will of the PEOPLE!

    • AJayne

      Or perhaps they succeeded even though some worshippers have misinterpreted the ancient texts so badly that it is now impossible for them to understand that…

  • billbear1961
  • Andrea

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  • j.martindale

    Can’t copy it for some reason, but my son in Brisbane sent me a picture from Brisbane, where they have lit the main bridge in rainbow colors in honor of the vote.

    • j.martindale

      tried again. Didn’t copy

  • Al Prazolam

    Of course this is great news. That more than 60 percent of Australians approve of gay marriage is welcome in the U.S. as well because marriage equality is still under assault by religious bigots. If you want a taste of it visit the Church Militant website and read any story about a priest named James Martin, who has been urging the Catholic Church to be more accepting of LGBT people. The hatred is breathtaking.

    And while we celebrate Australia’s vote let’s not forget the LGBT communities in countries where we are severely oppressed. A number of Muslim countries prescribe the death penalty for gay people. And there are many other countries such as Russia (especially in Chechnya), China and in the Caribbean where even talking about homosexuality is “promoting” it. I believe several African countries put gay people to death.

    Let’s remember that we have an important Supreme Court case coming up next month concerning whether businesses can discriminate against gay people because of religious beliefs. I think our only hope is that Justice Kennedy will side with the gay couple who sued the baker. I don’t expect the four other conservative justices to break a sweat on our behalf.