A simple sign outside Dubbo's Local Coffee Co on Tuesday showed owner Karen Payne's excitement about Australia's new leader.
The sign read '54 v 44 = :)', the result of a Liberal Party leadership ballot on Monday night which saw Malcolm Turnbull become the country's new Prime Minister.
By Monday afternoon Ms Payne changed the sign to 'the end of an error' with another smiley face.
"For the first time in our history we have a Prime Minister and an opposition leader who support marriage equality," Ms Payne said.
"We have a leader who's not ultra conservative, who's more reflective of Australian culture and reflective of the Dubbo I live in.
"Tony Abbott was like someone out of a 1950s home economic textbook."
Ms Payne said Mr Turnbull had been critical of holding a plebiscite in the past, stating his support for a conscience vote on the issue, and Ms Payne hoped he would stay true to his past comments.
Ms Payne, who had been in a same-sex relationship for seven years, said it was time to deal with marriage equality and put the issue to bed.
"I can have IVF, I can adopt and foster but they say 'no you can't marry your partner'. I want to be able to make those vows to my partner," she said.
"For me it's also about the message you're sending to our young people.
"It breaks my heart to see young LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex) with self-harm marks on their arms.
"I recently met with some teenagers at Headspace and I was naive about how difficult it is for them."
In western NSW, LGTBI youth are 16 times more likely to commit suicide than their heterosexual counterparts.
As someone turning 50 this year, Ms Payne said she had seen a lot of change regarding same-sex relationships.
"I was in Queensland when it was illegal for two men to have sex," she said.
However at Dubbo, Ms Payne said the community had been accepting of diversity and very inclusive.
She said the only time she had faced negativity was by a customer during Wear It Purple Day, which sought to raise awareness of the issues faced by young LGBTI people.
Ms Payne said she wanted politicians to recognise that same-sex relationships were equally valuable.