INFLUENTIAL talk show host Ellen Degeneres has urged Australians to support the LGBTQI* community by voting yes in the country’s upcoming same-sex marriage survey.
The openly gay U.S. talk show host threw her weight behind the yes campaign on Twitter last night by sharing a link to the AEC website and asking Australians to check their enrollment status.
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“Australia, I love you. It’s time for marriage equality,” she said. “Make sure you’re enrolled to vote right now.”
The Tweet has been ‘liked’ more than 14,000 times and retweeted across thousands of Twitter feeds.
The 59-year-old comedian this month celebrated nine years of marriage to her wife, Australian actress and model Portia de Rossi. The brides tied the knot in August 2008.
To mark the anniversary, Ellen posted a black and white photo of the brides’ big day to Instagram last week.
“@PortiadeRossi and I got married 9 years ago today. Being her wife is the greatest thing I am,” Ellen wrote.
You have until just midnight tonight to be on the electoral roll and ensure your address is correct.
More than 54,000 new voters have enrolled in the last two weeks, while more than half-a-million people have logged on to the AEC website to update their details.
Ballots for the postal vote will start being mailed out to eligible Australians from Tuesday, 12 September.
They’ll come with a reply paid envelope, with Australians strongly encouraged to mail their forms back to the AEC by Friday, 27 October. Responses received after November 7 will not be processed.
The results from the $122 million voluntary non-binding survey will be published on the Australian Bureau of Statistics website on Wednesday, November 15.
*The initialism LGBTQI is short for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Intersex.
The expanded acronym LGBTQQIP2SAA, however, represents 11 different groups; them being Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Pansexual, Two Spirit (2S), Asexual, and Allies.