Kelly’s Irish Pub in Mudgee is celebrating the Yes victory in the same sex marriage postal survey by returning the gay pride flag to their balcony on the corner of Church and Mortimer Streets.
Publican Ned Kelly explained the flag – a painted bed sheet with the words ‘Vote Yes’– has literally had a colourful life since initially being hung in August
“We’ve got after hours footage of some people climbing onto our roof and taking it [the flag] down and taking it away,” he explained.
“We were lucky enough to have some staff working back late and recognised the people and retrieved the flag.
“But that’s just another example of a mountain out of a mole hill, it’s a painted bed sheet with a symbol on it, and people have risked their life and limb over something they probably don’t really believe in,” Ned said.
No chargers were laid over the incident.
The flag will remain on the balcony for the LGBTI community to celebrate, but Ned has a charitable plan for its future.
“If anyone wants to give me $50 bucks or $100 bucks for it [the flag], they money can go to the children’s ward at the hospital and they can have a colourful bed sheet.”
YES was the popular vote in the same sex marriage postal survey not just across Australia, but in the Central West.
89,870 participated, 54,091 (60.2%) voted Yes to the question – should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry? – and 35,779 voted No (39.8) in the Calare federal electorate.
Of eligible Australians in New South Wales (NSW) who expressed a view on the question, the majority indicated that the law should be changed, with 2,374,362 (57.8%) responding Yes and 1,736,838 (42.2%) responding No.