A LOCAL woman says her dream of, one day, tying the knot on home soil, in front of all her friends and family, is now closer to a reality after the nation returned a majority ‘yes’ vote to the month-long same-sex marriage postal plebiscite last week.
Megan Makins, who grew up in Gawler and currently resides in Blakeview, has been open about her sexuality for four years and has been in a relationship with her current girlfriend for around six months.
The 24-year-old said she was overwhelmed by the plebiscite result, and sees it as a big step closer to marriage equality for all Australians.
“When the vote was announced, my heart was so full of joy and love,” Miss Makins said.
“I was so emotional, as this was such an exciting day for so many people.
“I feel as though it brought everyone closer in a way, and it was so amazing to see how much support is around us.”
The result of the plebiscite, which was introduced as a way for the Federal Government to gauge the public’s opinion on legalising same-sex marriage, was announced last Wednesday.
Some 61.6 per cent of the 12.7 million people who participated in the survey voted ‘yes’ in favour of same-sex marriage, with 38.4 per cent voting ‘no’.
“When the plebiscite was announced it definitely excited me as it was a step towards Australia legalising gay marriage,” Miss Makins said.
“This means a great deal to my partner and myself, and, of course, every other gay person in Australia.
“Not only does it mean so much to us, but to our families.
“I didn’t have any concerns (about the plebiscite) as people are so much more open to (others) being gay now, and with this I knew there wouldn’t be any problems with the ‘yes’ vote winning.”
Now, it will be up to federal parliament to pass legislation to legalise same-sex marriage.
Miss Makins said she hopes it won’t be long until that happens.
“If it does get legalised I could only imagine how amazing this will be for so many people across Australia,” she said.
“The fact there would be no need to travel overseas to get legally married would just be the best thing.
“It’ll definitely make so many dreams come true for so many people.”