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Earlier this month, Australia officially passed a law in favor of marriage equality to allow gay marriage. In November, a ballot was sent out across the country to survey the nation’s views on same-sex marriage; 62 percent of voters were in support of gay marriage.
Australia’s Parliament followed the will of the people, passing legislation with almost unanimous support; only 4 lawmakers voted no to marriage equality. Just a few hours later, the prime minister signed marriage equality into law.
“Containing my emotions to a suitable, prime ministerial level of calm is quite challenging. I am absolutely pumped. I think this is so wonderful.” ~ Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull via AP
While this is a tremendous victory for LGBTQ rights, there are still many places in the world where same-sex couples are not allowed to marry. Currently, there are 26 countries that have legalized gay marriage nationwide. With 195 countries in the world, that comes to a total of just 13% of nations that support marriage equality.