High Court's same-sex marriage survey result sent Twitter into a frenzy
High Court's same-sex marriage survey result sent Twitter into a frenzySupporters of same sex marriage march in Sydney on August 6, 2017.
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By Shannon Connellan2017-09-07 06:39:21 UTC
One of the biggest decisions in Australia's marriage equality debate drew just about everyone onto social media on Thursday.
Australia's High Court handed down a decision Thursday to allow the federal government to lawfully use $122 million to implement a postal plebiscite on the matter of same-sex marriage. The non-binding, no-compulsory survey will ask the question: “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”
It's been one of the most anticipated decisions in Australia this week — it even caused the High Court website to crash. And many Australians took to social media with their reactions, from politicians to activists and everyone in between.
Leading up to the High Court decision, Australians were publishing 400 tweets per minute, according to Twitter Australia. Check out this nifty heat map:
After the ruling was announced, most were already gearing up to campaign for a 'Yes' vote:
Many were angry:
Some stayed in the middle:
Others reiterated their 'No' stance:
Australians will receive their postal survey after Sept. 12 and will have until Nov. 7 to mail it back to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Then, the survey results will be announced on Nov. 15, after which the issue will be voted upon in federal parliament.
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September 7, 2017 at 02:07AM