The Votes are in: Australia says YES! To Marriage Equality

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We celebrated the YES result of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey at Cultural Perspectives today. Of all eligible Australians who participated in the survey, 61.6% voted YES supporting a change to Australian law to allow same-sex couples to marry.

Pino Migliorino AM, Managing Director of Cultural Perspectives, said: “We wholeheartedly welcome today’s decisive endorsement for equality for all Australians”

“As an organisation our mission is to promote equality for multicultural and diverse Australians. I’m also very proud of our staff who have volunteered both time and expertise into the marriage equality campaign”, he said.

The survey has also achieved a significant participation rate – 79.5% of the over 16 million eligible Australians participated in the survey. The Australian Capital Territory demonstrated the highest percentage of Yes Votes.

To mark the occasion our offices were decorated with rainbow themed garlands, cakes, fruits and badges.

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While we celebrate the achievement of this national result, we also acknowledge the impact this national debate has had on our LGBTI staff, friends and communities. While we awaited the results with bated breath, there were those among us who have experienced anxiety, stress, worry and confusion throughout this process.

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As a company, the Cultural Perspectives, DiverseWerks and CIRCA teams have all volunteered for equality in different capacities, from assisting the GetUp! and Marriage Equality teams to phone banking after work as well as featuring in the occasional video “FOMO is Real!” (to watch it again, please click https://www.facebook.com/amequality/videos/10154866743707617/).

To read our previous blog on marriage equality, please go to http://www.culper.com.au/blog/fomo-is-real-vote-yes-for-australian-marriage-equality

To learn more about the result of the survey, please go to http://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/IRDB.NSF/mediareleasesbyCatalogue/2B026D8A90685796CA2581D8007E2240?Opendocument