I was home alone the December evening that Malcolm Turnbull announced marriage equality was “a win for Australian values”. It was such an exciting moment that I took a photo of the TV news for posterity, then ran out to the balcony to see if the rest of the world on the street below was also cheering for the bill passing. They weren’t. Well, it’s not that nobody was celebrating – there were huge parties around the country, and had been earlier when the postal vote was announced too. But it’s just that where I was, in inner-city Brisbane, the leaves were still blowing in the wind and that roaming cat was still wandering the street with her bell tinkling. Life seemed to be continuing pretty much as it had a few moments earlier. It was, in all, a bit of an anti-climax. Which was, an absolute contrast to the intensity of the past several months since I moved to Australia. READ MORE: Australia says yes to same-sex marriage in postal survey Despite being lucky enough to secure a scholarship to move from Auckland to study my PhD here, arriving in Australia wasn’t all positive. The discussion about same-sex marriage was a… Read full this story
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