Same Sex Marriage is now legal in Australia

Same Sex Marriage is now legal in Australia
Same Sex Marriage is now legal in Australia

Will you, Bruce, take Bruce as your lawfully wedded husband? Yes, I didgeridoo, m8

Didgeridoo your wedding yet?

I've never regretted a single moment of my wedding day up until I read the words "Yes, I didgeridoo, m8".

I'm gonna have to remarry my missus.

EDIT: Because I can't spell good and stuff.

Now we can focus on the important things like those bloody crocodiles!

$120 million later and it only took 10 seconds to vote on it the way that Australians have wanted for over a decade. What a waste of money, but nonetheless this is really good news!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ih1EuMLspY

in celebration, let's all reflect by rewatching bob katter's random outburst a week or so ago.

What a shocking outcome, I'm glad we had a large and expensive poll beforehand

The silver lining to that $100M cloud is that we now have a survey to show Abbott and Co that there is no silent majority like they claim, just a small bunch of shouty cunts.

Also for the record for any foreigners, this government basically did everything they could to delay this for as long as possible. They deserve none of the credit.

Holy shit guys I can get married! 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈

Four people voted NO in the parliament today.   

Bob Katter
Russell Broadbent
David Littleproud
Keith Pitt  

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-07/politics-live-december-7/9233194

This is what the final count looked like

https://i.imgur.com/Lwr3DZ9.jpg

Four people voted NO in the parliament today.

Bob Katter Russell Broadbent David Littleproud Keith Pitt

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-07/politics-live-december-7/9233194

This is what the final count looked like

All the terrible amendments that allowed businesses in the wedding industry to legally discriminate against same-sex couples have been defeated too, which is doubly good news!

Could be worse... you coulda spent all the money NZ did on a flag referendum no one wanted just to decide to keep the same flag they had anyway!

Holy shit that’s gold.

Every three months they reckon!

2001: Netherlands 2003: Belgium 2005: Spain, Canada 2006: South Africa 2009: Norway, Sweden 2010: Portugal, Iceland, Argentina 2012: Denmark 2013: NZ, France, Uruguay, Brazil 2015: Luxembourg, US 2016: Colombia 2017: Finland, Malta, Germany Today: Australia

They were right about the silent majority, just not about whose side they were on.

g'day mate

Noting that there were walkouts just before the vote, Tony Abbott included (our previous Prime Minister, for those non-Australians in this thread).

Edit: for those PMing for a link I can't find a list of names as the list is behind a paywall on the Daily Telegraph, but this page says Abbott did abstain. His sister and her partner (gay, FYI) were present in the room though along with other LGTBI celebrities like Ian Thorpe and Magda Szubanski

And wasted 120 million dollars on a postal survey

Spoilers in the title! I haven't gotten to that episode of obvious civil rights yet.

Oh, we heard plenty about that guy in the US. Seemed a real fuckhead.

Today: Australia

So still 2017

It took longer and cost more than it should have but we got there in the end. Good stuff.

Now to find someone to get married to :/

Oh man, I was following that on the Hello Internet podcast. What a shitshow. The one flag that people genuinely wanted, based on the local sports team, didn't make it into the finals that got actually voted on. And then the winner of that vote went up against the original flag in ANOTHER vote. Why the fuck did they do it like that?

One particular politician from the oposition who is being being trotted out is Tim Wilson proposing to his boyfriend after the bill was introduced into the house of reps. as if he is some rainbow beacon for other homosexual couples. The guy is an absolute cunt and has a voting record to match.

How Tim Wilson voted on key issues since 2006:

Voted very strongly against increasing trade unions' powers in the workplace. Voted very strongly against implementing refugee and protection conventions. Voted very strongly against increasing investment in renewable energy. Voted very strongly for privatising government assets. Voted very strongly against increasing Aboriginal land rights. Voted very strongly against increasing funding for university education. Voted strongly for decreasing availability of welfare payments. Voted very strongly against increasing restrictions on gambling

Like we see from conservative politicians all over the globe, they are willing to shit on peoples rights until it directly impacts them.

Heart wrenching moment when the house started singing We Are Australian. That brought tears! It's about bloody time.

Edit: Shamelessly stealing a better link ;D https://www.facebook.com/abcnews.au/videos/10157742452844988/

What's sad is that we banned it in 2004; it was technically not against the law before that.

Katter didn't vote no. He just wouldn't move from his seat for such a trivial issue, focussing instead on how to prevent people in North Queensland getting torn apart by crocodiles every three months.

Abbott walked out? Whoa. I shouldn't be surprised, but the man did say he'd respect the vote of Warringah and vote in favour accordingly. Absolutely gutless.

This has surely earned you a place among God's Elect.

So you do have accurate reporting in the US.

Basically because it was John Keys vanity project. There’s a reason there were two nearly identical choices (only the colour differed) by the same artist on the final vote, and they just happened to be Keys favourite 🙄 If the silver fern on black had been an end choice it would have won in a landslide.

I've watched this a million times and can't stop laughing. What a cooked unit.

Will you, Bruce, take... Wait a minute; your name's not Bruce? Blighmy that's confusing. Mind if I call ya Bruce?

that’s gold.

Honestly, I have more respect for these 4 than Tony Abbott, George Christensen etc, who wanted to vote no but didn't want their faces in the lonely no side photos. Gutless fucking wonders. (not a lot of respect though...)

It was so heartbreaking listening to the hateful and venomous campaign rhetoric that the Australian LGBT community had to endure over these months. Growing up gay is hard enough without argument over your rights and humanity being part of everyday conversation. I only hope this vote brings some closure and relief.

Much love from California to my Aussie brothers and sisters. ❤

Y'know what though? At least now we can silence any annoying fucker who tries to claim the minority dictated the law change.

The loving majority won! We wanted equality and we got it!

MARRIAGE FOR THE BOIZ

You forgot Ireland in 2015

Honestly the most worrisome part for me. Not only because of the awful amendments themselves, but I was worried it would drag out the process. So happy to see it passed quickly.

Will you, Bruce, take Bruce as your lawfully wedded husband? Yes, I didgeridoo, m8

Will ya, Baz, take Bazza as ya lawfully wedded hubby?

Ken Oathe, mate. Ken fuckin' Oathe.

Sweet as. Fang a wet one on 'im ya sly cunt! Give it up for the boys, you lot!

We are one, but we are many

And from all the lands on earth we come

We'll share a dream and sing with one voice

I am, you are, we are Australian.

I would have personally put in my own money

You did. Just not the whole 120 million.

It's amazing. I just spent three weeks down there and the amount of rainbow flags and signs in almost every store window was really heartwarming. In Melbourne it felt like everyone was so connected by it, nothing like where I'm from in the states.

Katter was one of four MPs that voted against it, so power to the crocs!

From the UK: Don’t bash your government for overprepreration, appreciate their semblance of adequacy.

The secret is to dont Everest

And Sheila can take Sheila!

Because people in his electorate have relatively high incomes, and high income electorates like to vote LNP

The first country to legalise it by popular vote!

Hastily backtracking.

The spouses, who have been married for a decade, have said that they will hold out until any new legislation regarding same-sex marriage is released.

“We just need to see the legislation and if it all goes that way,” Mr Jensen said.

He added: “Then we know what situation we’re in and what we’re going to do.”

Backtracking so fast he needs reversing beeps.

“My previous public comments regarding civil divorce never envisaged me separating from my wife, but rather our marriage from the state,” he said.

“The legislation currently makes it untenable for us to do this under the law. The point we were highlighting and that still stands however is the fact that a redefinition of marriage changes the agreement under which we were originally married.

“We will be making no further comment.”

I reckon Abbott will be shocked by how many CWA cake stalls were supporting the Gays

Holy shit. Why do people treat Katter like he's a harmless joke, some kind of meme? This is some pretty disgusting rhetoric. What is he even referring to? I am genuinely curious to read about this case of "72 children" getting HIV from blood transfusions in Australia. Google isn't giving me anything. It seems like he just made it up.

Hey, if it makes you feel better, the UK made gay sex punishable by law at one point.

I was under the impression that the Aussies were ruled by a kola bear and aggressive human snake person?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBXY9g_RHDg

kind of reminds me of that old bloke off a current affair years ago who started aggressively immitating a dog. the change in mood is very similar hahah.

I mean, it took a lot longer. There was quite a bit of debate, with conservatives in the senate trying add a lot of amendments to protect homophobic businesses and churches.

Honestly? I can kinda see the benefit of the referendum now. It was a 100m dollar exercise in idiocy, but at the same time it also showed the majority of Australian politicians that there's overwhelming support, and that to try to dilute and modify it to add "freedom" protections wouldn't fly with the Aussie public.

I honestly shudder to think the kind of bill that would've been enacted if the senate and HoR hadn't concrete proof of the backlash they would've faced. As it stands the bill essentially went through unmolested and unconditional, which is the best possible outcome.

So the postal survey, expensive? Yes. Political theatre? Absolutely. Incredibly hurtful and wedge-driving? You bet your arse. But entirely worthless? Now I'm not so sure...

Did you also feel a sense of accomplishment?

That is indeed what matters most. Congrats Aussies!

Didn’t even have the conviction to vote the way he fought. Coward.

Okay, we're going to send you Winston Peters and let him and Mr. Katter meet up, and we're going to tell them both that they're now the joint prime ministers of New Australialand, and set up a fake parliament and everything and let them go at it while we film the whole thing for reality TV. It'll be great

It was the first vote I ever took part in after turning 18. I felt such a great sense of pride when the results came in

I'm at the peak of my linguistics game, (35 yrs)...apperently my summit is at your basecamp.

In our defense Australians have been after this for fucking ages. It was just a handful of bigots in power stopping this.

Nah we are in the future. NZ on the other hand are already in 2019!

He probably thinks women still cant vote

What happened to that couple from Australia who heartened to divorce if gay marriage was ever legalized?

So did many countries and it still is in some places.

Time for a golden gaytime.

Including a very spineless Labor Government that had a majority to do it several years ago.

More important than that, it set a precedent that a minority can not impose religious based rules on others

I would have personally put in my own money if it meant it passed. If Malcolm thought it was the best way then so be it.

I'm so happy for all my friends and family that can get married.

Bazza it is

The plebiscite non-compulsory non-binding opinion poll was a waste of time and money but I'm glad we got to this point.

Strewth.

This. Labour, greens & media really wanted to shut down the ref but holding it was the only true way to shut the haters up once and for all.

Well, gay people can still be conservative cunts. That's what I would call progress.

He had an even better one yesterday in Federal Parliament.

Edit: his anecdote before this one is also WOW

Edit2: Unbelievable this guy is a member of parliament. from 13:00 in above video

I watched on television last night, a murder case, involving two people of that persuasion, and when I came to the office today my chief of staff, who I might add voted yes, she said "oh so and so you better write them a letter, write them a card or something". I said "what's that all about", "oh the son got murdered, joins a homosexual relationship".

There are some people that handle, there's no doubt there is a DNA thing there, and some people can handle it, but a lot of people don't, and there is a very very ugly side to this, where the curtain comes down, and we're not allowed to talk about it.

That awkward moment where the Catholic part of the island legalized gay marriage first.

Today it was Abbott who was silent since he left the chambers shortly before the vote like a coward.

I've given you the response you deserve

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England, Wales and Scotland legalised it in 2014, It is still unavailable in Northern Ireland and probably will be for some time due to the first minister using petitions of concern to block any bill which would legislate to allow same-sex marriage.

Source

I'm not particularly patriotic (gunning to move to Europe in a few years), but fuck me, does that song pull on the heartstrings. An absolutely beautiful moment when the people started singing.

You go get married, and live an awesome life together!

Yep and his sister and her partner were in the room! Not very supportive.

I’ll marry you

NOT FAKE AND GAY!

Called it 6 months ago. This season is so predictable.

That is absolutely top-level punning.

Melbourne is a very American definition of Liberal city.

They even legalised euthanasia.

AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE

i mean, you know, people are entitled to their own sexual proclivities. i mean, let there be a thousand blossoms bloom as far as i'm concerned, BUT I AIN'T SPENDING ANY TIME ON IT BECAUSE IN THE MEANTIME EVERY THREE MONTHS A PERSON IS TORN TO PIECES BY A CROCODILE IN NORTH QUEENSLAND.

Yes.

Fucking lol. As if people would buy that shit

Maybe a bit gay

Honestly, no one knows. Literally no one cared. Occasionally they would have, on the news, interviews with the public asking about it and everyone just said, "I don't care, it's not a big deal." You could tell they had to ask a bunch of leading questions to get any sort of comment, usually accompanied by pictures of the flags because most people didn't even know what the options were until super late.

It would have been hilarious if it wasn't for the $26 million dollar price tag. (though, there were a bunch of hilarious submissions that were shared around at the time - this is my favourite: http://images.gawker.com/1253528587381531237/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800.jpg)