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Beloved comedian and one of the most high-profile “yes” campaigners, Magda Szubanski, has spoken of her joy at the “overwhelming” result in favour of marriage equality on Wednesday. “We know I’m the crybaby of the campaign,” she joked to Channel Ten’s The Project on Wednesday evening. “It’s been joyous, and really just a moment of …

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Prominent “no” campaigner and head of the Australian Christian Lobby Lyle Shelton has said he accepts Australia’s “yes” vote but has vowed to keep fighting against marriage equality “for years or decades”. He told Fairfax Media that he accepted the decision but “in a democracy no question is ever completely closed.” He said the “no” …

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By Scott McKinnon, University of Wollongong Yesterday’s same-sex marriage survey results represent a moment of extraordinary change. It is well within living memory that homosexuality in Australia was considered a crime, a sickness and a threat to the nation itself. The final Australian state to decriminalise male homosexuality was Tasmania, as recently as 1997. Plenty …

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Senator Penny Wong’s tears of joy following the announcement of the same-sex marriage postal survey result has gone viral. The Australian Bureau of Statistics announced on Wednesday 61.6% of Australians had voted to allow same-sex couples to wed. TV cameras were watching a group of senators in a committee room at Parliament House in Canberra …

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Brisbane landmarks will be lit up in rainbow on Wednesday night as the city celebrates the successful marriage equality result. Brisbane City councillor Vicki Howard announced on Facebook that the Story Bridge and City Hall would both be illuminated in rainbow lights. On Wednesday morning, a crowd of hundreds of people gathered in Brisbane, one …

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As Queensland’s LGBTI community celebrates today’s resounding ‘Yes’ vote for marriage equality, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has called on federal parliament to immediately enshrine the public’s wishes in law. Nationally, 61.6% voted ‘Yes’ to the question: “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?” while 38.4% voted ‘No’. In Queensland, 1,487,060 (60.7%) voted …

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YES! That’s the resounding response from Australians in the same-sex marriage postal survey, the results of which were announced on Wednesday morning by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to high emotion and jubilation around the country. A crowd of hundreds gathered in Brisbane in Queen’s Park to hear that 61.6% of the country had …

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Local and international celebrities have congratulated Australia for today’s announcement of a “yes” vote in the same-sex marriage postal survey. On Wednesday morning, the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced the “yes” vote had prevailed in the survey with more than 61% of the vote. National treasure Magda Szubanski, who campaigned tirelessly for the “yes” vote, …

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has poured cold water on a conservative push for same-sex marriage legislation that would allow discrimination against same-sex weddings by commercial businesses. A same-sex marriage bill unveiled by Liberal Senator James Paterson has been criticised by lawyers, LGBTI advocates and Attorney General George Brandis, for allowing discrimination against same-sex weddings on …

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Australian model Jesinta Franklin has backed marriage equality and compared the reform to interracial marriage in a passionate essay. In the essay published by Vogue Australia, Jesinta Franklin pointed out that “only a generation ago” her own marriage to Indigenous AFL player Lance “Buddy” Franklin “could have been opposed or prevented” by racial discrimination. “There …

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