15 photos of pure joy after Australia votes for marriage equality

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Love is truly in the air.

Australia’s overwhelming yes vote in its marriage equality postal survey was announced on Wednesday morning, and nervous supporters gathered around the country to hear the result.

In Melbourne, they gathered in front of the State Library of Victoria. In Sydney, upbeat music blared through Prince Alfred Park at a party full of believers in marriage equality, standing together — prepared for any result, but hoping for a yes. In Canberra, where the announcement took place, politicians also anxiously waited for the result.

At 10 a.m. AEDT, the result of the postal survey were handed down, with 61.6 per cent of Australians voting yes. After months, years, decades of stress and fighting — Australia finally said yes to equality. The survey was requested by conservative politicians who opposed marriage equality as a precursor for parliament to vote on marriage equality. Parliament doesn’t need the survey to host the vote, but did so anyway, critics say, to stall. 

There was an outpouring of joy, and of course, plenty of tears.

Senator Penny Wong reacts to the live broadcast of the news.

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A reveler wipes away a tear after the result is announced.

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The crowd erupts in front of the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne.

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Rebecca Davies and her partner Paula Van Bruggen celebrate in the crowd at the State Library of Victoria.

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Christine Forster, the sister of former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, celebrates in Sydney.

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People in the crowd celebrate in front of the State Library of Victoria.

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A couple embrace as supporters celebrate in Sydney.

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Celebrations in Sydney.

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Qantas CEO Alan Joyce and Magda Szubanski share a moment while hearing the announcement in Sydney.

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Tears flow in Sydney.

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Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten is embraced by members of the crowd as they celebrate in Melbourne.

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Author: Billy Roland

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