Australians overwhelmingly endorse gay marriage, clearing the way for Parliament

A nonbinding referendum conducted by mail found 61.6 percent of Australians in favor of allowing gay couples to wed. Even though the measure was expected to be approved, the size of the win and the unusually large participation of 12.7 million Australians out of the 16 million eligible voters added to its political legitimacy.

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  • Alain

    Excuse me but this is NOT some kind of accomplishment or anything about which to brag, unless one thinks the demise of the traditional family, the corner stone of Western civilisation, is a good thing. Marriage is NOT a right.

    • shasta

      “Marriage is NOT a right”

      I believe it might come under freedom of association; that being said I have yet to hear a compelling argument for governments to be involved at all. It is a religious ceremony and rite, and should be left to the various religions to set their own rules.

      • Perhaps, but there are legal aspects, like paying less taxes as a couple than separately.

        • shasta

          Any reason a couple should pay less taxes than two single people with the same circumstances?

          • That’s the law in most countries, I believe. It is designed to encourage marriage and child-bearing, I presume. Also, often only the man works, and taxation is by households. Something like that.

          • Blacksmith

            This was the intent as I understand it also.

          • shasta

            The present method doesn’t appear to be achieving its goals though does it. Perhaps a complete top to bottom rethink is necessary.

          • I can’t claim to know answers.

  • BillyHW

    You let women vote and it isn’t long before chopping off your dick turns you into a woman and stuffing your rectum is called marriage.

    • You let BillyHW vote and you get an evil dictatorship.

  • Exile1981

    The vote would have been thrown out if it had gone the other way. Besides does anyone think that with a mail in ballot system it wasn’t rigged?

    • Brett McS

      It would have been very difficult to rig. The ballots were mailed out to each registered voter.

      • Exile1981

        Actually it would be easy, just print a few thousand more ballots and fill them out and return them. Unless they had your name on them.

        • Brett McS

          The question always is: How many people would have to be a part of this attempted scam to pull it off while ensuring it is kept secret? If it is more than one it won’t be kept secret, and one person couldn’t do it.

        • Clausewitz

          It’s not who votes, it’s who counts the votes.

  • Brett McS

    …we’ll have a gay old time!

  • Some Australians consider Jedi to be a religion.

    Yep.

  • Shame on Australians who voted for this.

  • Blind Druid

    Amazing to watch from afar as a nation of very chauvinistic men adapt to gay marriage. Back in the day Poofda’s were shunned and even beaten. They were always laughed at. Even recently whilst in Oz I noticed that going out at night, the women were decked out, painted and smelling lovely. The guys wore jeans and shirts, and still call women “Sheilas” (polite slang – like “chicks”). I guess some beta males came into the mix and here we go.