Celebs celebrate Australia gay marriage result

Michele Moreno
November 16, 2017

Australians voted in favour of allowing same-sex couples to marry, official results showed this morning, sending the task of legalising marriage equality to a deeply divided parliament.

From Kylie Minogue and Sia, to Danni Minogue and Troye Sivan, we've rounded up a selection of the reactions below.

Australian comedian Josh Thomas tweeted his take on the vote, criticizing Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for placing "his own best interests against the public's mental health and fiscal responsibility" and not pushing for marriage equality sooner than this year. Marriage equality legislation marks just the beginning in the fight for justice for all LGBTQ citizens of Australia and of the world, and some LGBTQ activists initially feared the campaign to cast votes for same-sex marriage would prompt a harshly negative response from conservatives.

'We've seen them eroded overseas - we will not let that happen in Australia'.

More than 60% of Aussies voted in favour of allowing same-sex couples to Wednesday. Of 12.7 million people who took part in the survey, 7.8 million voted "yes" and 4.9 million said "no".

Tony Abbott's electorate has spoken and they do not agree with his stance on same-sex marriage.

Turnbull played down concern of a split in his coalition government over the policy as the conservative faction presses for amendments to protect religious freedoms that discriminate against same-sex couples.

A survey of federal politicians by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation published yesterday found that 72 per cent of the lower House of Representatives would support changes to marriage laws and in the Senate, 69 per cent would approve the changes.

"Yes" campaigners complained gay people and their families were subjected to hate speech, while "no" supporters argued they were being accused of being bigots for not favouring such unions.

"Today we celebrate, tomorrow we legislate!" he said. "And now it is up to us here in the parliament of Australia to get on with it".

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