More than 12.7 million Australians participated in a voluntary postal survey asking if they support or oppose same-sex marriage, and a majority voted in favor of it, the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced Wednesday.
Of the votes cast, 61.6 percent were in support of same-sex marriage and 38.4 percent were opposed. Politicians are expected to start talking about a bill to legalize same-sex marriage as early as this week. "It is unequivocal, it is overwhelming," Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said of the result. "They have spoken in their millions and they have voted overwhelmingly yes for marriage equality. They vote yes for fairness, yes for commitment, yes for love." Catherine Garcia
In a momentous first, a gay couple tied the knot in Ireland this morning. Cormac Gollogly and Richard Dowling, both 35, have been together for 12 years and were engaged for two of them before they finally wed Tuesday in Clonmel, County Tipperary.The Irish Times reports that "a number of other" same-sex couples are also expected to marry today.
The Gollogly-Dowling nuptials came a day after Ireland's marriage equality legislation took effect. Passed in May by more than 62 percent of Irish voters, the law made the largely Catholic country the first in the world to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote.
The Campaign for Southern Equality is following dozens of same-sex couples who are already getting married in the South — where, prior to today's historic Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide, same-sex marriages had largely been banned. By the look of things, however, many courthouses had been prepared for the ruling.