Australia will hold a same-sex marriage vote
Good news for Australia.
On May 22nd 2015, Ireland made history by becoming the first country to legalise gay marriage by popular vote. 62% of the population voted yes, making Ireland a much better place.
It's hard to believe that same-sex marriage is still not legal everywhere, especially in places like Australia.
But that could soon change after it was announced that the country will hold a vote on the law.
The vote will take place on February 11th.
Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull went to elections promising every Australian could have their say on gay marriage via a national vote
"Our job is to ensure that the Australian people have the opportunity to express their view and to do so in a manner that is fair and impartial," he said a press conference in Canberra.
The only thing that may stop the vote from happening is if it was blocked by opponents in the Senate.
"There will be a plebiscite on the 11th of February unless [opposition Labor leader] Bill Shorten decides to block it [in the Senate]," he said, according to RTÉ.
Sadly, the vote is non-binding, which means that even if the plebiscite is passed by a majority of Australian voters, parliament does not have to pass the legislation.
Here's hoping the Yes Equality campaign will prevail once again.