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:
The postal vote on marriage equality is going to be the biggest own goal a government has ever seen. We’re ready to win this.
— Sally Rugg 🏳️🌈 (@sallyrugg) September 7, 2017
Postal vote is happening.
Get over it and let’s get it done, Australia.
— jonathan (@jonnoseidler) September 7, 2017
Many were angry:
Some stayed in the middle:
Others reiterated their ‘No’ stance:
It’s still on. A referendum on freedoms & radical LGBTIQ sex education in schools.
— Lyle Shelton (@LyleShelton) September 7, 2017
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.