Australia’s PM is trying to find the person who made him this incredible equal marriage bike
Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is trying to find the person who anonymously gifted him a ‘Yes’ to equal marriage bike.
Mr Turnbull this week celebrated the signing of the country’s equal marriage bill.
The leader was a supporter of equal marriage during the campaign, despite dissenting voices in his conservative coalition government.
As the country prepares for the first same-sex weddings, Mr Turnbull revealed a peculiar gift was left outside his home.
Mr Turnbull discovered a bicycle, decorated in crocheted rainbows and ‘Yes’ slogans, attached to a post outside his Sydney home.
The bike appears to be a celebration of equal marriage, and is covered with pictures of Turnbull and his wife Lucy.
It also features a quote from Turnbull talking about his marriage.
Taking to Facebook, the PM tried to find the person responsible for leaving the bike.
He said: “About two months ago a woman chained this amazing work of art to a street sign outside our house.
“A crocheted YES bike! We brought it inside to keep it safe. But we don’t know who made it! Please let us know?
“Perhaps it’s home should be our National Museum or Gallery to commemorate this extraordinary day.”
The equal marriage law gained royal assent today, paving the way for weddings to begin next month.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull met with Governor-General Peter Cosgrove to gain Royal Assent for the new law.
Turnbull had previously claimed gay people would be able to marry by Christmas, something experts said was unlikely.
However, the target will be narrowly missed.
Unfortunately for those with Christmas weddings in mind, Australia has rules determining the notice period for a marriage ceremony.
A one month written notice must be giving – meaning the first gay weddings will be on January 9.
The law was formally passed by Thursday, with only four MPs voting against the motion.
Politicians and members of the public, watching in the gallery, broke into cheers, tears and song following the vote.
In extraordinary scenes that would usually be considered unparliamentary, the parliament broke into I Am Australian, a popular song some argue should be the country’s national anthem.
“We are one, but we are many,” they belted out in unison. “I am, you are, we are Australian.”
Onlookers in the packed public gallery hugged, cheered loudly and started applauding and waving their rainbow flags.
MPs were seen crying in the chamber, while others were lifted from their feet as the hugged colleagues.
Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, gave an emotional speech as he declared: “What a day for love, for quality, for respect. Australia has done it!”
“This is Australia, fair and diverse, loving and filled with respect.”
Opposition leader Bill Shorten said: “When this bill is passed we should declare we are no longer a nation who voted no or yes, we are simply Australians all.
“Equality is never a gift to be given.”
13 million Australians (79.5%) voted in the country’s non-binding postal ballot to endorse the law, with two thirds backing the new law.
Australia is the 25th country in the world to have marriage equality.