Australia: same-sex marriage survey votes YES

The past few years have seen a global revolution when it comes to marriage; specifically, old laws that forbade marriage between two people of the same sex have been overturned and enabled these couples to have the same rights and legal recognition of heterosexual couples. Following the example of countries like the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany, the people of Australia have now voted by referendum to legalize gay marriage.

On September 15, 2017, the country’s government revealed that 61.6 % of Australians had voted in favor of legalizing gay marriage, with 38.4 % voting no. The voter turnout was rather high: around 12.7 million Australians had their say, which is about half of the population of the entire country. In other words, the outcome was decisive. This result was not entirely unexpected – many earlier polls showed that most people were for legalizing gay marriage.

What about those who weren’t, however? The “Vote No” camp was populated largely by those who objected to gay marriage on religious grounds, as well as people concerned with “traditional values” and those with conservative views on homosexual relationships. A leader of the “Vote No” movement, Lyle Shelton, felt that legalizing gay marriage would expose children to “radical LGBTIQ teachings” in classrooms, for example. People in his camp also worried that gay marriage would infringe upon their freedom of speech, feeling that stating their views could be penalized as hate speech. One prominent opponent of gay marriage was former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who campaigned against his sister’s right to marry.

Overall, however, the country is jubilant. The happiness over the results of the referendum has been tempered slightly by criticism of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberal Party. Detractors say that the Parliament should have taken heed of earlier polls that showed the country was largely in favor of legalizing gay marriage. That way, they say, the country could have saved the $122 million dollars expended in organizing the vote. It seems likely that the Prime Minister did not want to be personally responsible for legalizing gay marriage (probably to avoid controversy), instead deciding to put it to the people.

Of course, the law still needs to be put into place to allow weddings to occur – a referendum of this type is not binding and, as Lyle Shelton has said, the whole thing is a “two-step process.” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he hopes the law is on the books by Christmastime. There’s no guarantee this will happen, but it seems to be safe bet that a law will be passed by Australia’s Parliament sometime in the next couple of months. Things could be complicated, however, due to the time needed to hammer out the fine details of the law with regards to things like “religious liberty,” the provision that people who are religiously opposed to gay marriage will not be forced to perform homosexual wedding ceremonies.


Pride and Prejudice Madness

My beloved followers, I regret to inform you that I may or may not be a bit infatuated with Pride and Prejudice. What can this mean you ask? Ever since I finished the novel Pride and Prejudice, I can do more than watch spin-offs. How can this be you ask? Well I’m watching the 1995 BBC P&P mini-series with Colin Firth and slowly making my way through The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I’m also rewatching Lost in Austen. Plus, I recently revisited Austenland. Not to mention I’m still finishing the audiobook. It’s madness. I know it. I can’t seem to stop. I was at the library to pick up a copy of the Bridget Jones’s Diary and the 2005 P&P with Keira Knightley when I came across another book I added to my wishlist: The Pursuit of Mary Bennet. I can’t be the only one that was rooting for the bookworm, right? I can’t say when I’ll emerge. At some point I should burn out and need a break right? In the meantime I’m taking notes, comparing stories, and having a fun time picking my favorite Darcy and Darcy wanna be. One day I promise a fun post(s) comparing them all. In the meantime, I feel as though a whole new world has been opened up to me. Once you really know their story, it’s hard not to see them everywhere, isn’t it?

So tell me, do you know of any film spin-offs I’ve neglected to mention and should look up?


Christmas Slaphappy

I love this picture. It’s cold. There is snow peaking out. Baby Whimsy is just happy with her little tongue hanging out. This is pretty much how I am feeling this Christmas. Happy with the littlest things. Relishing it all. Little things mean a lot.

Reading Home for the Holidays.
Making pine cone garland.
Drinking Starbucks VIA Christmas Blend.
Working on Christmas cards.
Snuggling with my baby girl.
Dancing every chance I get.
Shopping online.
Staring happily at my Christmas tree.
Perfecting my sausage and egg bake.
Eating tons of creamed spinach.
Learning about The Women of Christmas.
Watching sweet ‘n sappy Christmas movies on Hulu.
Breathing in cinnamon thanks to this DIY Humidifier idea.
Loving my goal to keep things simple and recyclable this Christmas.
Listening to pretty much non-stop Christmas music and I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas.