From Qantas CEO Alan Joyce to Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, the landmark referendum recognising marriage equality in Ireland has drawn a huge response in Australia.
Joyce, who is openly gay, showed support on his LinkedIn saying that he was “incredibly proud that Ireland has become the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote”.
“As Taoiseach Enda Kenny said, the vote sends a ‘big message’ to the world – that diversity and equality matter to everyone in a society, from individuals and families to governments and businesses,” wrote Joyce.
Bill Shorten and Former Greens leader Christine Milne were also among many who took to Twitter to express their support.
Time for Australia and our Parliament to embrace marriage equality. Congratulations Ireland
— Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) May 23, 2015
— Christine Milne (@senatormilne) May 23, 2015
Greens will push for a vote on #marriageeqaulity in the Senate before the year is out. Time for the parliament to catchup with the people
— sarah hanson-young (@sarahinthesen8) May 24, 2015
Hard to believe that Ireland, Catholic Ireland, has beaten Australia to marriage equality. Good on them, but how embarrassing for us.
— Michael Bachelard (@mbachelard) May 23, 2015
Australia now vying with the Vatican to be the last developed country to still ban same-sex marriage.
— Bernard Keane (@BernardKeane) May 23, 2015
The passing of the referendum has put pressure on the Australian government to follow suit with Liberal MP Zed Seselja also calling for a referendum to settle the marriage equality debate in Australia.
“If there was ever any doubt that marriage equality was inevitable in Australia, the Irish vote has removed it,” said National convener of Australian Marriage Equality Rodney Croome.
While Prime Minister Tony Abbott has acknowledged that the issue of marriage equality is “a very serious issue”, he has ruled out the possibility of a referendum in Australia maintaining the matter should be deal with through the federal Parliament.
“I take it seriously, I know there are millions of Australians who take it seriously,” Abbott told the ABC.
“There are a range of views inside the Parliament; there are a range of views inside my party room; frankly there’s a range of views inside my family.
“Inside the Abbott family I’m probably the last holdout for the traditional position,” Abbott added.
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