Two-thirds of Australian citizens, most politicians and the leaders of all major parties support marriage equality in Australia according to the Australian Equality Campaign. And now they are making moves to legalize marriage equality throughout the country.
The Equality Campaign is urging Australian voters to return marriage survey forms with a “yes” vote on marriage equality to ensure Parliament puts the issue to a vote. So far, 74.5 percent of Australians have returned their forms, which amounts to nearly 1.19 million voters.
“Australians clearly want this issue to be dealt with as quickly as possible,” Equality Campaign Director Tiernan Brady said. “We hope that a strong YES result will encourage Parliament to ensure marriage equality to ensure marriage equality is a reality in Australia by Christmas.”
A number of Australian celebrities have joined in the fight for marriage equality, including Olympic swimmers Emily Seebohm and Mitch Larkin, as well as openly gay winner of The Voice Australia, Alfie Arcuri.
Arcuri took to Facebook in support of the Equality Campaign with a new anthem to support what he calls “one of the biggest social and political progressions in Australian history,” as LGBT groups and allies await the final ballot result.
Many lyrics of the song and accompanying video were inspired by Acuri’s year-old nephew.
“I wanted everyone to see the world the way he does where we are all equal and the dame,” Arcuri said. “It is my mission to ensure that my nephew never has to feel as though he is lesser than someone else for something that is out of his control, much the way I felt as a teenager growing up gay.”
You can watch his video “Love is Love” below: