After a long, bruising and divisive campaign, the results of the same-sex marriage survey have been announced, and Australians have overwhelmingly said Yes to equality.
Yesterday’s final polls had the Yes vote in front. But in a post-Brexit, post-Trump world, nobody was prepared to put their faith in anything but the final result.
Yes, the survey was needless, and needlessly harmful. Yes, it doesn’t mean same-sex marriage is legal. And yes, right now the forces against marriage equality are mobilising to continue delaying any opportunity for real change.
But at the same time; yes. This is a win. It is meaningful, it is wonderful, and it’s worthy of celebration. Here’s where.
Brisbane Yes Vote Celebration Party
Part celebration, part thank you from GetUp, Equal Love and members of the LGBTIQ community to supporters and campaigners of the Yes campaign, this will be a chance to drink, dance and celebrate long into the night. The event kicks off at Rumpus Room in West End 6pm and, knowing Rumpus, probably won’t finish until the wee hours.
$20,000 Marriage Equality Campaign Winner Announcement
Brisbane-based jeweller Xennox Diamonds collaborated with Brisbane MINI Garage, Urbane, Unforgettable Proposals and Evoke Studios during the plebiscite to build a $20,000 wedding package to give away to one same-sex couple.
The competition involved more than 220 couples talking about what marriage equality would mean to them. Thirty-two of the best responses were filmed as pieces-to-camera, with the videos on social media for the public to vote. The final round will be judged live in Queen Street Mall tonight, just near Jimmy’s on the Mall. Music and good times are promised. The event kicks off at 6pm.
One of the historic homes of Brisbane’s LGBTIQ community isn’t running an event as such, but is encouraging everyone to come down to the Fortitude Valley pub throughout the day to celebrate the announcement. A DJ will be taking the stage from 6pm to keep things rolling well into the night.