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Australia Fumbles on Marriage Equality

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We’re getting closer to winning the freedom to marry in Australia, but we’re just not quite there yet. A vote this week in New South Wales is either a setback or a step closer to victory, depending on how you want to look at it.

On one hand: now all the legislators are on the record with their votes, so we know which ones are on our side and which ones need more persuading.

On the other hand: we lost by just one vote. Ouch.

And what’s worse: the deciding vote came fromĀ Premier Barry O’Farrell, who’s actually a supporter of marriage equality. But he said he wanted to see a federal solution, rather than a state-by-state approach, so he voted to defeat the measure.

And of course, polling shows steadily increasing public support for marriage equality. As of August, support was at 65%, with opposition down to 28%.

As usual, legislators are way behind the curve.

By:           matt baume
On:           Nov 14, 2013
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  • 2 Comments
    • jimbryant
      jimbryant

      Although there is majority popular support for gay marriage in Australia, it is shallow. Australians tend to be apathetic.

      There is no substantial activism in Australia. Australia’s gays are more interested in dance parties and drinking. They’re lazy.

      Nov 14, 2013 at 8:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daniel-Reader
      Daniel-Reader

      Actions speak louder than words. At least it is now known who is who.

      Nov 14, 2013 at 10:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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