Over 2 ½ years ago, I was writing about how Ireland eventually passed same-sex marriage referendum, becoming the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage through national vote!
In September 2017, the Australian “government conducted a voluntary postal survey, ascertaining the views of Australians on legislating for same-sex marriage. The survey did not require parliamentary approval and despite being legally challenged, was upheld by the High Court. The government has pledged to facilitate the passage of a private member’s bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the Parliament if a majority of respondents vote “Yes” in the survey. The results of the survey were announced on 15 November 2017; 61.6% of respondents voted for same-sex marriage.” (Source: Wikipedia)
3 weeks later, Australia has finally legislated for marriage equality, with the same-sex marriage legislation resoundingly passing its historic final vote on Thursday afternoon, December 6, 2017!
The good news is, overseas same-sex marriages will immediately become official, which means all past Tahiti same-sex marriages for Aussies ARE now official in Australia with immediate effect!
Read Tarnya & Denise’s story here, they married legally in Moorea back in 2015, and are now officially married in Australia, too! Congratulations my friends!
Photo Credit: Helene Havard