Anxious wait in piazza for poll result
If the polls are correct and the Yes vote is successful, gay couple Paul Benson and Shane Cucow will be “thrilled and relieved” their relationship could finally be recognised in Australia.
The pair, who have been together for nine years, plan to be among the crowd gathered at Northbridge Piazza this morning to hear the results of the national postal survey on samesex marriage.
Mr Benson, 40, said neither he nor Mr Cucow, 30, had let themselves think too far ahead about how they might react.
“Whatever happens, it’s going to be very emotional,” he said.
Even though they exchanged marriage vows in New Zealand three years ago, Mr Benson said they hoped to be able to invite family and friends to another wedding in Australia if Federal politicians passed a Bill to legalise gay marriage.
“We’d be planning on doing it again properly,” he said. “The thing about our last one was . . . hardly anyone could be there.”
Mr Benson said he had spent weeknights and weekends campaigning for the Yes vote while the survey has been open, doorknocking and manning phones.
“It’s been a real mixture because there has been such venom from people who don’t even know me,” he said. “On the other side, there’s also been support from sources I would never have expected.”
Shane Cucow and Paul Benson would like to marry in Australia.