MORE than 500 people cried, cheered and celebrated in a sea of rainbow at the Northbridge Piazza this morning after the results of the same-sex marriage survey revealed a resounding yes.
Maylands MP Lisa Baker was at the official Perth result event when the announcement was made and said the moment was justification for same-sex people around Australia.
“I feel justified, really justified,” she said.
“I felt legitimacy and validated. It’s such a sense of affirmation for so many people, especially people who have struggled for so long for acceptance.
“I looked around this morning and I saw so many young kids and I know that this is going to cause generational change in Australia.”
Nearly 80 per cent of Australians eligible to vote took part in the survey, with 61.6 per cent of Australian’s voting yes and 63.7 per cent of people in WA voting in favour of changing the marriage law.
Former My Kitchen Rules contestant Jordan Bruno was at the announcement this morning and said Australia was on “the right side of history” with the result.
“(The debate) hasn’t been easy but what has been amazing is the amount of support for the LGBT community and allies for each other,” he said.
“We’ve had to be composed in the face of homophobic slurs, deceitful lies, fake stories and ongoing prejudice, and through it all we’ve had each other’s backs.
“When you are a little gay boy with three big butch brothers you don’t ever think you’re going to be able to say ‘I love you’ to the person you love.
“You don’t think you’ve going to fall in love because you’ve been taught you’re different, your love isn’t recognised and hat you will have to be isolated and alone for the rest of your life because of it.
“So today, Australia has said ‘that isn’t true’.”
Perth MP John Carey said the new brought tears to his eyes.
“I didn’t think I’d get teary but I did but I think that’s good because this isn’t just about marriage equality, it’s about recognition and everyone enjoying the same rights,” he said.
“To me it’s about basic respect, basic humanity that if you love someone you can get married.
“I think this galvanised people like may other campaigns didn’t.
“It was amazing to hear 18 and 19 year olds came out in force to vote for this.”
He said politicians now must act.
“It’s now up to the politicians to do their job,” he said.
“Wherever you sit on the debate you must agree with this: the Australian people have spoken, the politicians now must respect the will of the people and do their bloody job and het the legislation done.”