Australia voted YES five years ago today 🏳️‍🌈💌🏳️‍🌈


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After Australia voted YES to the Liberal’s Marriage Law Postal Survey, the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced the positive result on November 5, 2017.

Five years ago today, Australia voted YES.

A bill to legalise same-sex marriage passed both houses of parliament and received royal assent on 8 December 2017. More than 3000 same-sex couples took their vows over the following six months. By the time of the 2021 census, over 20,000 same-sex couples had joined together in matrimony.

Australia voted YES and the sky didn’t fall in

Despite dire warnings from the No campaign, the sky did not fall in. Australia suffered no unexplained cataclysmic events.

Eric Abetz, newly crowned head of the Australian Monarchist League claimed back then people would want to marry the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Never happened.

According to Abetz’s fellow Liberal, Senator Cory Bernardi, same-sex marriage would lead to people wanting to marry their pets.

Again, never happened. I’m sure if it had, the happy couples would have posted vids to TikTok.

The sky will fall in argument is not new. It follows in the proud tradition of people who hurled human sacrifices into volcanoes to placate angry gods. Later, supposedly pious parishioners burned witches for much the same reason.

This is very simple. Since time immemorial, some people thought every one else needed to adhere to their personal beliefs. They instituted laws and decreed cruel punishments to bend the populace to their will. Throughout history, bigots fought every single move towards democratic societies where everyone enjoyed equal rights and freedom to make their own choices.

The sky falling in, the retribution of a wrathful god, and the end of civilisation as we know it, became their go-to arguments.

Since Australian federation, they used the same arguments against allowing women the vote, mixed bathing at the beaches, divorce, cinematic nudity, the decriminalisation of homosexuality, and countless other issues.

They were wrong every time. But they can’t stop. What option do they have without factual argument?

Despite them, Australia voted Yes.

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Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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