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Sign Language Interpreter Makes Mistakes During Gay Marriage Announcement--Becomes Internet Hero


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. It's a rare occasion where a government doesn't drag its feet due to bureaucracies so it's a nice change of pace to see. 

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. It's a pretty tough job and one mess up and the entire world will see you. Gotta keep yourself level headed.