“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.”
– Bill Shorten
Well, if yesterday’s result is anything to go by, as florists, life is about to get a little bit more exciting! For anyone in the wedding industry potentially there are going to be new clients. Servicing any wedding is an honour that we should appreciate. Being chosen to be part of any couple’s BIG DAY is the highest compliment….and the highest level of pressure. Getting it right matters. Exceeding expectations matters.
Yesterday, it was revealed that 61.6% of Australians who participated in the $122 million voluntary postal vote for same-sex marriage. Almost 13 million responses were counted.
At this stage, the Australian public has showed their support for same-sex marriage, however it is not legalised as yet.
“I feel for young people who had their relationships questioned in a way which I wouldn’t have thought we would see ever again, but nonetheless what this marriage survey shows is that unconditional love always has the last word.” Bill Shorten said. He believes that same-sex marriage should be legalised as quickly as possible. “Today we celebrate, tomorrow we legislate,” he said.
Malcolm Turnbull has committed to getting the bill passed through the senate so that same-sex marriage will actually be legalised by Christmas. “They voted yes for fairness, yes for commitment, yes for love. And now it is up to us here in the parliament of Australia to get on with it, to get on with the job the Australian people have tasked us to do and get this done this year before Christmas,” Mr Turnbull said.
There are still some hurdles to overcome, still some issues to iron out with the bill….whichever bill that is they decide to go with, or amend. Some believe that the bill should include religious protections that allow cake bakers, or even us florists to deny our services for a wedding if it is against our own convictions. Liberal MP Kevin Andrews also believes that a gay baker should be free to deny making a cake for a heterosexual wedding, or a Jewish baker objecting to make a cake for an Islamic wedding and vice versa. This is ‘compromise’ suggested to keep everyone happy, and if that is what it takes to work.
“There is a sense that, whether one agrees with it or not, this is a reasonable thing to do and that is reflected by the result,”
-MP Kevin Andrews.
So I wonder what the first high profile same sex marriages in Australia are going to look like? Are they going to be a kaleidoscope of rainbow colours, celebrating gay pride with no apologies? Are they going to be demure and romantic, using soft colour palettes and being quiet in their celebration?
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We must remember the vote was by no means unanimous,not everyone is happy. However it is important to remember that we all had the opportunity to cast our vote and have our say….
The crowd has spoken…now we just have to get on with it, showing each other respect along the way.