Earlier this year, Australia voted on whether gay marriage should be legalised. Crowds waited in anticipation of the result across the country, including hundreds in the streets of Melbourne who coloured the sky with rainbow coloured smoke when the result was announced as ‘yes’.
In total, 61% of Australians voted in favour of legalising same sex marriage. More than 12.7 million people across the country voted; almost 80% of the population. The result was a majority ‘yes’ in every state and territory. Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, pledged to legalise it by Christmas and said: “They voted ‘yes’ for fairness, they voted ‘yes’ for commitment, they voted ‘yes’ for love and now it is up to us here in the Parliament of Australia to get on with it.”