GLAAD celebrates marriage equality in Australia

NEW YORK – GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization released the following statement in response to marriage equality becoming the law of the land Down Under. Today, the Australian Parliament voted to legalize marriage equality following the recent postal survey in which 61.1% of Australians came out in support of marriage equality.

“Love prevails once again as loving LGBTQ couples in Australia obtain the hard-fought right to marry and move past the emotional toll of their relationships and families being open to debate," said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD. "Marriage equality is a historic benchmark, worthy of celebration, as advocates continue the push for full LGBTQ acceptance.”

Earlier this year, GLAAD teamed up with Australian celebrities including Yvone Strahovski, Luke Hemsworth, Hugh Sheridan, Dan Macpherson, and Courtney Act to encourage voters to exercise their civic duty and cast their ballots in support of advancing LGBTQ equality during the postal survey and called on Australian lawmakers to pass a clean marriage equality bill without religious exemptions.