Updated November 15, Under the pressure of the marriage law postal survey, my close friend felt compelled to come out to his family. While his siblings and cousins intended to vote Yes in the survey, his parents were less supportive. They reacted as if someone had died and home life became intolerable.
The history of same-sex marriage in Australia includes its express prohibition by the Howard Government in and its eventual legalisation by the Parliament in December Although a same-sex marriage law was passed by the Australian Capital Territory in , it was struck down by the High Court on the basis of inconsistency with federal law. Between September and October , there were 22 unsuccessful attempts in the Federal Parliament to legalise or recognise same-sex marriage under federal law. Consequently, the government conducted a voluntary postal survey between 12 September and 7 November , 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 pledged to facilitate the passage of a private member's bill legalising same-sex marriage in the Parliament if a majority of respondents voted "Yes" in the survey. The results of the survey were announced on 15 November ;
Why Australia's same-sex marriage result was not a surprise
Australia said a resounding Yes to same-sex marriage — but some were surprised at the result in NSW. ONE statistic that has surprised many Australians in the same-sex marriage vote is that New South Wales had the most marginal Yes vote of any state. Just Every other state was above 60 per cent Yes, with the Australian Capital Territory top at 74 per cent, and Victoria close behind, on I expected a massive Yes victory in NSW.
Prime Minister of Australia. The Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey was a national survey designed to gauge support for legalising same-sex marriage in Australia. The survey was held via the postal service between 12 September and 7 November Unlike voting in elections and referendums , which is compulsory in Australia, responding to the survey was voluntary.