On June 26, 2015, through the Supreme Court case of Obergefell vs. Hughes, same-sex marriage was legalized throughout all 50 states of the United States as well as the territories. It was certainly a landmark and historic case, meaning that the many same-sex couples in America could finally tie the knot and be with one another, regardless of which state they happen to reside in. The vote itself was a close 5-4 vote, meaning that a single Supreme Court judge held the fate of millions in their hands and still chose to make the right decision.

 

Of course, just like many decisions made through the Supreme Court, there was notorious opposition. One notable example was in, of course, Alabama. In a perfect example of “taking your ball and going home”, 11 different counties in Alabama stopped issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples altogether partially due to the orders of then Alabama Supreme Court judge and #1 John Wayne imitator Roy Moore, regardless of the new federal policies.

 

However, it was nice that same-sex couples who’ve been together for decades could finally be together under the law. On a personal level, it was excellent going out to Oak Lawn later in the night of the day that same-sex marriage was legalized and seeing the true joy and elation of the hundreds of people who went out that night. Marriage is a civil right and everyone, regardless of their sexual preference, should have the option to marry whomever they’d like to.

 

With that being said, Australia recently made a landmark decision to legalize same-sex marriage through a postal survey instead of a Supreme Court decision. Not too surprisingly in a rather progressive country such as Australia, marriage equality became legalized with flying colors, with 61 percent of the population voted to allow same-sex marriage while 38 percent voted against. Of all the Australian states that were polled, the majority of every state voted in favor of marriage equality.

 

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull pose for a photo together at Pentagon on Jan. 18, 2016. (DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Clydell Kinchen)(Released)

Along with the general Australian public, several notable politicians rejoiced in hearing the outstanding news about marriage equality. One such notable example was Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull himself.

 

“They voted ‘yes’ for fairness, they voted ‘yes’ for commitment, they voted ‘yes’ for love. And now it is up to us here in the Parliament of Australia to get on with it,” Turnbull told reporters.

 

Yet, just like in The Land of The Free, there was a decently sized opposition to the new rules regarding same-sex marriage. With Opposition Labor Party Bill Shorten, he believed that the initial postal survey to legalize same-sex marriage should’ve never happened in the first place.

 

What started as a national announcement by former Prime Minister Tony Abbott partially due to heavy influence from very liberal and left-leaning progressives in the government, the vote whether or not to legalize same-sex marriage was struck down in the Senate twice before current Prime Minister Turnbull decided to have a postal vote.

 

Australia and America have many similarities. Plenty of original artists, actors and actresses and each state having it’s own unique characteristics, and a landmass about equivalent in size. Above all else though, I’m proud that both America and Australia are actively practicing a true form of marriage equality.

 

Did you follow the recent decision in The Land Down Under? If so, Tweet me at @CaptainKasoff to discuss it.