Melbourne was the epicenter of pride today as Australia became the newest country to approve gay marriage. With a 61% approval in a nationwide vote the public demanded equality and now Parliament will make it happen.
“They voted ‘yes’ for fairness, they voted ‘yes’ for commitment, they voted ‘yes’ for love. And now it is up to us here in the Parliament of Australia to get on with it,” said Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
A “yes” rally in Sydney, Australia, in September. Polls had consistently indicated that Australians favor legalizing same-sex marriage. Credit Saeed Khan/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
Patrons celebrate the yes result at the Stonewall hotel in Oxford Street. Picture: John Feder/The Australian
And it’s a YES!… SSM supporters celebrate at Prince Alfred Park in Surry Hills. Picture: Toby Zerna
Campaigners rejoice at Prince Regent Park in Sydney. Picture: AAP