Australia has voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage by 61.6% to 38.4%.
Sarah Grayer, Project Co-ordinator of the Space Youth Project in Poole and a previous resident in Australia, stated it was an unprecedented turnout with a very deciding vote.
“They have finally got there and that is what we need to focus on now.
“I think it is positive that it will get through and be legislated by Christmas, so people can have their marriages in the new year.”
The postal survey saw 16 million registered voters among Australia’s population of 24 million asked for their views on legalising same-sex marriage.
Sarah acknowledges, however, that those who voted against same sex marriage will still be opposed to it.
I like the quote if you go to Subway and you want to buy a ham and cheese sub but the person behind you wants a meatball marinara don’t be angry with them for wanting a meatball marinara just take your ham and cheese sub and go away.”
The Australian Parliament is currently considering the bill and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull promises marriage equality should be law by Christmas.
“The country has spoken and they need to listen to that. Quoting Turnbull, he said they voted yes for fairness, yes for commitment and yes for love and that is what they have got to take forward.”