WHEN THE VOTES ARE IN, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
sters will really be rocked if there isn’t – but assuming there is, there will be a privatemember’s Bill and amendments could be moved and if people want to move an amendment of that kind, well they can.
“It is under my prime ministership that all Australians have been given a say on this issue and if the answer is ‘yes’ then, as I promised, there will be a free vote and that means that you will have members of my party taking different views to members of the same party and ditto on the Labor side. That is what a free vote means,” he said.
Shana Engelhart and Tania Veivers (pictured above) are oping to hear one word that could change their lives forever – yes.
The same-sex couple have been together more than two years and say the triumph of the yes vote would mean the world to them. “Marriage is definitely on the cards if it’s a yes,” Ms Veivers said. “I’m pretty excited about the result. I’m feeling very optimistic.” Shana and Tania met during a cycling course in Brisbane more than two years ago and now share a home in Nundah with their black lab- rador Alex. “I love everything about (Shana),” Ms Veivers said.
“She’s strong and giving and extremely caring and I love her to bits.”
Ms Veivers said it would be life-changing to see same-sex marriage become legal in Australia. “We just want to be entitled to have what everyone else takes for granted,” she said. Ms Engelhart said she hoped a yes vote would lead to wider acceptance of the LGBTI community.
“It’s one step forward in erasing that discrimination which I think all of us from the LGBTI community have experienced,” she said.