So many feels: The emotional reaction to yesterday's 'Yes' vote most of us missed.

Australia, meet Mandy Dolejsi.

While Australia heard the news that 61.6 per cent of Australians had voted ‘Yes’ for marriage equality, she stood by the side of Australian Bureau of Statistics chief statistician David Kalisch, relaying the information to the country’s deaf community.

But a former student of Mandy’s – who works as a professional Auslan interpreter for The Deaf Society and is a firm supporter of marriage equality – has revealed that her emotions may have got the better of her as she signed.


“Her emotions got the better of her a couple of times today,” Matthew Toohey shared.

“A few more ‘unforced errors’ than usual for Mandy. Understandably.”

Rather than a criticism of her performance under pressure, it was an acknowledgement that yesterday was a momentous and emotional day for all members and supporters of the LGBTQI community.

The prominence of Mandy by David Kalisch’s side and her inclusion in the nationwide live stream of the announcement was also praised as another win for equality.




After the briliant result, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has revealed he now wants federal parliament to approve same-sex marriage laws before Christmas .

“It is our job now to get on with it, and get this done,” he said.

“I say to all Australians, whatever your views on this issue may be, we must respect the voice of the people.

“We asked them for their opinion and they have given it to us. It is unequivocal, it is overwhelming.”

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