Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Marriage Equality Win In Australia

Finally marriage equality comes closer for our LGBTQ community in Australia with 61.6% of the vote. While the survey itself is not legally binding, Australia’s prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull has vowed the momentum of a YES vote would cause a bill to legalize marriage equality to “sail through” parliament with a goal of passing marriage equality by the end of the year. Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President & CEO stated, “With the rising tide of anti-LGBTQ laws & crackdowns around the world, citizens of Australia stood up for fairness & equality by supporting the right for everyone to marry the person they love. Now it is on the Australian government to heed the will of its people & pass fully equal marriage without exemptions.” Of course anti-equality politicians & activists in Australia have already launched a plan to distort these results by rallying behind a marriage bill that would override non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ Australians through religious exemptions. In America on November 18th we’re coming up on the 14th anniversary when the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in 2003 ruled in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health stating, "We declare that barring an individual from the protections, benefits & obligations of civil marriage solely because that person would marry a person of the same sex violates the Massachusetts Constitution." It took 10 years after that ruling to win marriage equality throughout the USA. Congratulations Australia & stay strong because in the end love always wins.
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