Love always wins: a celebration of same-sex coupledom


The verdict in Australia’s Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey at the end of last year was a cause for celebration around the globe.


With a resounding 61.6% of survey respondents voting ‘Yes’ in support of same-sex marriage, the land down under had finally joined the global movement of acceptance and love equality.


And on the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade this past weekend, Sydney celebrated in a way only it knows how – with a festival of love that knows no bounds and shines a light on the issues affecting LGBTI people around the world.

 2014 Mardi gras

Same-sex marriage stats


Two and a half years ahead of its southern hemisphere counterparts, the U.S. Supreme Court had issued a landmark ruling that granted same-sex couples a constitutional right to marry.


A recent study by the Pew Research Center has since uncovered some interesting findings about attitudes to love equality in the U.S.


  1. Public support for same-sex marriage has grown rapidly over the past decade. Today 62% of Americans support same-sex marriage, as opposed to just 37% of respondents in 2007.


  1. While support for same-sex marriage has increased across the board, demographic divides remain. The highest percentage of supporters have no religious affiliations – although support from this sector is also on the rise.


  1. The number of same-sex marriages is rising. Surveys indicate 61% of same-sex cohabiting couples are now married, as opposed to only 38% prior to the Supreme Court ruling.


  1. Both same-sex and heterosexual couples cite love as the most important reason for getting married. However more same-sex couples cited legal rights and benefits as other important reasons for marriage, with heterosexual couples citing having children as a determining factor.


  1. The U.S. is among more than 20 countries that allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. The first nation to legalize gay marriage was the Netherlands, which did so in 2000. Since then, many other nations around the globe are following suit.

 Pride Shoe

What does this mean for same-sex love in the U.S?


Research findings and human behavior indicate that people everywhere are becoming more accepting and tolerant of every kind of love. As each generation grows and progresses, we are seeing a shift in attitudes to non-traditional unions.


While some demographic sectors are slower to change their attitudes and behaviors than others, on the whole, humankind is embracing its individualism and realizing that love exists in many forms. Now that, is something to celebrate.


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Because love always wins.