Australian Politics

Australia Has Agreed: What Can We Anticipate Happening Next? by Lisa

Living in an era of rapid change can be both a challenge and an opportunity. One such significant change has recently taken place in Australia, where a contentious campaign for marriage equality ​has been underway. This campaign, aimed at legalising same-sex marriage, culminated in a voluntary postal referendum asking Australians if‍ they supported a change ​in the law to allow same-sex marriage. Some argue that it was inappropriate to let the general public vote on the rights of a marginalised community. However, the Australian government insisted on knowing the majority opinion before proceeding with ‍the legislation. The results of the referendum showed that‌ a clear majority, 61.6 per cent, ⁢were in favour.

So,‍ what happens next? A public vote doesn’t automatically translate into a change in law. While Australian Prime‍ Minister Malcolm Turnbull has promised to ‌make it law by Christmas, the struggle for equality is far⁢ from over. ⁢And once it becomes law, will it significantly impact everyday life?‌ Here’s what Australians can expect.

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Resistance to Change

Just like the aftermath of the Brexit referendum, the debate on marriage equality will continue even after the law is passed. The path to ⁢equality is often filled with anger, hatred, division, and suspicion. LGBT people in⁣ Australia can expect their existence, lifestyles, and identities to be scrutinised and mocked. However, it’s important to remember that the majority voted in favour of equality.

Homophobia Won’t Vanish Instantly

The 61.6% who voted Yes aren’t everyone, and a vote for marriage equality can’t eradicate homophobia instantly. However, the vote can help​ normalise same-sex relationships in society. While we shouldn’t seek approval from heterosexuals for our ⁤lifestyle, their support can make life more comfortable ​and help queer children grow up without suppression.

Expectations ‍of ‌Marriage

With equality comes a new set⁣ of ⁣possibilities. However, these are options, not obligations. You’re not betraying the LGBT cause if you choose not to get married. Marriage equality is not compulsory, and neither is monogamy. It doesn’t mean the end of your current lifestyle.

Potential LGBT Backlash

Some in the LGBT community may argue that legalising same-sex marriage promotes heteronormativity and forgets years‌ of struggle. They may point out that the fight for equality doesn’t end with legalising same-sex marriage⁤ – there’s still work to do. Many LGBT people still face disadvantages related to⁣ race, gender, or social mobility. It’s important to remember ⁣that equality should extend to all aspects of life.

Wedding Fever

With the legalisation ‍of same-sex marriage, you⁢ can expect to attend⁤ more weddings. LGBT people have waited a long time for⁢ this right, so they’re likely to⁤ celebrate it enthusiastically ⁣in the first few years. Prepare ⁤your wedding attire and get ready for a flurry⁤ of ceremonies,​ tasting menus, first dances, and wedding cakes.

Social Media Overload

Prepare for an onslaught of engagement‌ photos, countdowns to the big day, special hashtags, reception speeches, and romantic sunset pictures. The LGBT ⁢community now has the chance to share ‍their joy and celebrations⁣ just like heterosexual couples do.

Divorce

With marriage ⁤comes the possibility of divorce. Welcome to the world of glamorous divorcees!

But Ultimately, Happiness Prevails

Despite​ the challenges and dissent, the legalisation⁣ of same-sex marriage ​will bring joy, security, and a sense of ‍worth to many. There’s still a long way to go, but this is a‌ significant step forward. It’s a new dawn.

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