After a long, bruising and divisive campaign, the results of the same sex marriage survey have been announced, with Australians saying Yes to equality. 61.6 per cent of Australians voted in favour of same sex marriage in a voluntary ballot in which more than 12 million people participated.
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.
Five Bar Yes! Thanks! Marriage Equality Results Party
An opportunity to celebrate the work of the Marriage Equality campaign. A gold coin from the sale of every drink will be donated to Rainbow Rights WA to fund their work.
Five Bar, 5.30pm-10,30pm
The Court Hotel
One of Perth’s premier LGBTI venues is opening early and serving breakfast and drinks to celebrate the historic result.
The Court Hotel, 7am-late
Say Yes! Same Sex Marriage Celebration at The Vic
Discounted drinks for those wearing YES Stickers (stickers available at the bar), complimentary finger food and a 25 per cent discount for guests wishing to dine at the restaurant.
The Vic Hotel, 4pm-11pm