Social Media: the view downstream

Social Media: the view downstream

Hatch’s Brooke Gibbs trawled through social media after the SSM verdict and discovered not everyone’s over the moon.


Social media has blown up and will continue to go off for quite a while after news most Australians approve of same-sex marriage. But it was both Yes and No supporters who turned to Twitter to voice their happiness… and disappointment.

In the moments after the result was announced, posts from Yes supporters clearly out-numbered tweets of anger and disappointment.

One Twitter user expressed her happiness with the results, but was disappointed in her state for having a lower percentage of Yes votes than other states.

It wasn’t long before some of the 38.4% of Australians who voted No to same sex marriage, turned to social media to voice their disappointment. This user even suggested the postal vote was rigged, while others attacked Twitter for having a Vote Yes emoji, but none for the opposition.

“So this is what it feels like to be embarrassed by your country,” one tweeted.

“This world makes me sick. I hate living in a world where homosexuality exists what even is [sic] marriage equality?” another  wrote.

Lyle Shelton, head of the Australian Christian Lobby, broke his SSM-related Twitter silence to acknowledge a No campaigner who had his car windows smashed this morning, allegedly by a Yes campaigner, minutes before the announcement. He tweeted: “… this type of behaviour by either side is unacceptable and unAustralian.” In a separate tweet, he sent his congratulations to the Yes campaign.

Later, in a media conference, Mr Shelton spoke on behalf of the Coalition for Marriage.

“Obviously it’s a disappointment,” he said. “We haven’t quite got to where we want to go… but it’s been a valid effort and I want to thank all the people in this room and all the people right around Australia who got behind the campaign that says it’s okay to say No.”

Shortly after this, Mr Shelton spoke to Sky News to say his lobby accepted the decision, but believes the vote was biased because: “the Yes side has been campaigning for longer.”

The Oz Protectionist Party is outraged by the plebiscite and its members are making that clear.

“Yes or No today, I just want to say I will never forgive Turnbull or any of his Gov for putting Australia’s religious community through this,” they tweeted.  Followed by: “They told us there would be no consequences for marriage equality but literally everyone is already telling Lyle Shelton to eat a d#@*”

A bill allowing same-sex couples to marry is expected to go before the Federal Parliament, before Christmas.  – Brooke Gibbs

Featured image by Montana Duncan.

Brooke Gibbs

Brooke Gibbs

Freelance journalist who has been published by the Australian, the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Brisbane Times, Southern Highland News, Macarthur Chronicle, the Brag, Happy Mag + more.


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