Bill's Speeches

ADDRESS TO THE MARRIAGE EQUALITY RESULT EVENT - MELBOURNE - WEDNESDAY, 15 NOVEMBER 2017

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Yes! Yes! Yes!

What a fabulous day to be an Australian, because in this survey, the Australian people have declared overwhelmingly Australia is ready for marriage equality.

I want to say thank you. I want to say thank you first and foremost to members of our LGBTIQ community.

You shouldn't have had to put up with this survey, but you embraced it.

I feel for young people who have had their relationships questioned in a way which I wouldn't have thought we would see ever again, but nonetheless, what this marriage equality survey shows is that unconditional love always has the last word.

It may have been 61 per cent who voted yes in the survey, but I want to say to all LGBTIQ Australians, you are 100 per cent loved, 100 per cent valued - and after the next two weeks of parliament - 100 percent able to marry the person you love.

This marriage equality survey is not just good for marriage equality, I believe in this survey Australians have voted for a generous view of themselves, for a modern Australia, where diversity is accepted, supported and respected.

And I just want to make one promise, one promise: today we celebrate, tomorrow we legislate.


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