Australia Fumbles on Marriage Equality


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 from 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.

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  • 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.

  • Daniel-Reader

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

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