Earlier this month, Australia overwhelmingly backed equal marriage after the results of an eight week long non-binding postal vote were revealed. More than 12.7 million people, around 79.5 percent of voters, responded, and of those, 61.6 percent backed same-sex marriage.
The day of the results, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that the government will aim to legalize same-sex marriage by Christmas, and on Monday, a bill was introduced for debate in the Senate.
One of the moments from the first day of debates that got people talking was a passionate speech by Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young, who made an emotional and tearful plea to her fellow senators.
The speech starts with a reference to Bob Green, who was the first openly gay leader of an Australian political party, and the first openly gay member of the Parliament. Green resigned as leader of the Greens in 2012.
Social media was unsurprisingly moved by the speech.
Nothing wrong with showing emotion. The Aussies are changing their laws for the better. Good one. Its never to late to set injustices straight 🤗🤗— Sarah (@SarahScarpetta) November 27, 2017
Man I wish we had Senators that actually gave a damn over here in the USA— The Astrobiologist (@ItsAstrobiology) November 27, 2017
Bloody disgraceful that you can make such profound statements to an empty room. Where the hell were your colleagues? Did they have something better on than bringing on this legislation?— paul reidy (@FortyMonday) November 27, 2017
You are Australia’s hero. Nothing but love and support for all ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜— justiceleague🦇 (@JessTheWanted) November 27, 2017
Running mascara looks good on politicians who actually care.— Rodd Clarkson (@mrmintslice) November 27, 2017
Bless you Sarah, for caring, for speaking up & for showing us that mascara is no reason NOT to cry!! Xx— The Irony Lady🐕💨🌈 (@Joannalogue) November 27, 2017
Hanson-Young took to Twitter after the speech.
I guess I shouldn’t have worn mascara. Oops! ❤️🌈— Sarah Hanson-Young🌈 (@sarahinthesen8) November 27, 2017