On Thursday evening just before six, our parliament stood up and legalised what Australians said they wanted – marriage equality.
After three long days of debate and discussion, during which more than 120 members spoke on the issue, the Australian government chose to honour the 61.6 per cent who voted ‘yes’.
We heard many impassioned speeches about what same-sex marriage means to them.
Labor MP Linda Burney returned to parliament in honour of her gay son, Binni, who passed away eight weeks ago. And Liberal MP Tim Wilson proposed to his partner, Ryan Bolger, from the floor of the House.
We also heard the argument for ‘no’. Bob Katter gave us ramblings about “boys in dresses”, AIDS, and Gianni Versace. But arguably the biggest obstacle between Australians and legalising marriage equality was Tony Abbott.
Yet when it came time for the final vote, a vote which resulted from the $100 million postal survey Abbott so fiercely defended when he led the coalition, he was no where to be seen.