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The verdict in Australia’s Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey at the end of last year was a cause for celebration around the globe.
With a resounding 61.6% of survey respondents voting ‘Yes’ in support of same-sex marriage, our land down under had finally joined the global movement of acceptance and Love equality.
And on the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade this past weekend, Sydney celebrated in a way only it knows how – with a festival of love that knows no bounds and shines a light on the issues affecting LGBTI people around the world.
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Same-sex marriage stats
Data gathered from different sources over time highlights people’s changing attitudes to same-sex couples:
- The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS; 2016) estimated that there were 48,000 same-sex couples in Australia June 2015, accounting for 0.9% of all couple families. This figure has seen a rapid rise in recent years, with the ABS explaining that same-sex couples are becoming more confident in identifying themselves as a family unit, which might account for the rapid increase.
- More than 12 million people took part in the same-sex marriage postal survey, with results indicating that 61.6% voted Yes and 38.4% voted No. 20.5% of eligible voters didn’t take part.
- Support for equal rights between same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples has been increasing steadily from 38% in 2005, to 45% in 2008 to 51% in 2011, according to The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey results, published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.
- In a recent U.S. study by the Pew Research Center, both same-sex and heterosexual couples cite love as the most important reason for getting married. However more same-sex couples cited legal rights and benefits as other important reasons for marriage, with heterosexual couples citing having children as a determining factor.
- The first nation in the world to legalise gay marriage was the Netherlands, which did so in 2000. Since then, more than 20 nations around the globe have followed suit.
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What does this mean for same-sex love in Australia?
Research findings and human behaviour indicate that people everywhere are becoming more accepting and tolerant of every kind of love. As each generation grows and progresses, we are seeing a shift in attitudes to non-traditional unions.
While some demographic sectors are slower to change their attitudes and behaviours than others, on the whole, humankind is embracing its individualism and realising that love exists in many forms. Now that, is something to celebrate.
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