Following the US Supreme Court‘s landmark ruling in favour of marriage equality today, things on Twitter took a nasty turn on the Nope train to FuckThat-Ville, as Australia started to become anti-marriage equality supporters’ new destination of choice.
To be clear: the overwhelming swells of support for same-sex marriage ruling online today has been nothing but life-affirming. The White House tasted the rainbow by lighting up in honour of the historic news. Facebook, Twitter, Google and YouTube all joined in. Niagara Falls, the Brandenburg Gate and other sights across the world also lit up in ROYGBIV colours. Ian McKellen blasted “We Are The Champions” on Vine.
But for every movement, haters will hate; we just weren’t expecting our country to be the new symbolic heartland of anti-LGBT rights.
On Twitter today, some users have decried America’s ruling, with the phrase “I’m moving to Australia” cropping up in disconcerting numbers.
Just another reason I’m moving to Australia, no gay marriage. pic.twitter.com/RRuWC9HSFq
— Jay (@ashlynnjam) June 26, 2015
I’ll give Texas 5 years to secede. If not I’m moving to Australia ??
— Courtney Parks (@courtneyparkss) June 26, 2015
They replaced the Confederate flag with a rainbow one
I’m moving to Australia
— Taylor Skyles (@taylorskyles1) June 26, 2015
— ??????? (@tatorbug123) June 26, 2015
I give up on this country. Moving to Australia.
— donnie . (@drestle01) June 26, 2015
Gays have rights in America now. Moving to Australia now.
— Abdullah Rafidhi (@AbdullahRafidhi) June 26, 2015
@BeccaDanielle01 if Hillary gets elected I’m moving to Australia
— Olivia Boney (@OliviaBoney) June 26, 2015
The joke is, of course on them: Australia is just as fabulous, if not more accepting of same sex marriage than the US, despite what our legislation lacks.
A counter-fight against those vowing to move to Australia has thankfully emerged on twitter. Bless.
— s’meeeeeee (@LaurseyK) June 27, 2015
Has anyone told these “fuck it I’m moving to Australia” arsehats that guns are outlawed here? Decision time…
— Mike Stevens Whaaaat (@mikedoeslife) June 27, 2015
Today, Education Minister Christopher Pyne instilled some confidence among us in the progress of a marriage equality bill passing in Australia, claiming the issue might be “back on the agenda” when Parliament returns in August, following its winter break.
Lead image by Lisa Maree Williams via Getty.