Damian Welbler, while I can sympathize with you disappointment but let's get things in perspective - re: your statement "And today there is no one more downtrodden than the gay community.", I think women living under strict Sharia laws would be considered far more "downtrodden" than Australia's gay community to name just one group that could take issue with your statement.
Never been more ashamed to be an Australian. For shame you 98 Nazi Hitler wannabees. For shame. And you lot below. You self righteous, pompous, hypocritical maggots...Jesus ate with the tax collectors and the prostitutes, the downtrodden and the weak. And today there is no one more downtrodden than the gay community.
Vicki-Ann, I too am proud to be an Australian, but for a very different reason to you. I am proud that the debate was had in our parliament and that 42 intelligent politicians had the ability to see that marriage of same-sex couples would strengthen society and voted in favour. We know that the civil rights movement and abolition of slavery were opposed for some time before becoming victorious
Just like to correct the record - Brendan O'Connor should not be in the noes list - he was absent from parliament today due to a family illness but planned to vote for the Bill. There should have been a line through his name.
Congratulations to those 98 who see the value of marriage and have been brave enough to stand up and protect marriage as it currently is. I'm sure you receive much negative and hateful name calling from the lobby groups, but know that the majority stand with you. Thank you.