Yesterday, the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced the results of an eight week long non-binding postal vote which asked one question: "Should the marriage law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?"
More than 12.7 million people, around 79.5% of voters, responded to the poll, with results showing that 61.6% of people wanted to allow same-sex couples to wed. The overwhelming support has led Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to announce that the government will aim to legalize gay marriage by Christmas, with bill already being introduced to the Senate.
But it wasn't just the results that got people talking. Mandy Dolejsi, a sign language interpreter, had the rather daunting job of signing next to chief statistician David Kalisch as he announced the results during a live press conference that most of the country was watching.
And it's fair to say that she was a tad emotional about the results. A student of hers, Matthew Toohey, took to Twitter to reveal that she had made several mistakes, prompting her to reportedly apologize by signing something along the lines of: "I'm sorry I keep making mistakes, I'm just so happy."
Mandy taught me Auslan as well.— Matthew Toohey (@TooheyMatthew) November 15, 2017
She is definitely easy to understand, though her emotions got the better of her a couple of times today. A few more 'unforced errors' than usual for Mandy. Understandably. #MarriageEquality #Auslan #auspol https://t.co/MR4FEdVZ31
News.com.au was able to find social media postings by Dolejsi that suggested she voted yes, which might explain why she was nervous.
auslan interpreter is the true hero - apparently kept saying 'i'm sorry i keep making mistakes i'm just so happy' 💖🏳️🌈💖🏳️🌈💖— Lizzy O'Shea (@_lizzyoshea) November 14, 2017