Australia votes in favour of same-sex marriage in voluntary postal referendum

An historic result for an historic survey. Huge numbers of Australians vote to legalise same-sex marriage at 61.6% with even greater actually voting at an 79.5% turnout; unprecedented for a voluntary postal vote.

Australia votes in favour of same-sex marriage in voluntary postal referendum

Ferocious, jubilant displays of celebration and emotional outpouring in Australia and around the world as Australia votes by a large majority to legalise same-sex marriage.

Almost 13 million or 80% of Australians voted which marks a huge turnout in a developed democracy. Every single one of Australia's eight states and territories voted Yes for marriage equality. Only seventeen of Australia's 150 electorate areas voted No. 7.82 million people voted Yes and 4.87 million No.

Cheers, singing and dancing, loud music and street parties erupted across the country as the result was read out.

Prime Minister and Yes supporter Malcolm Turnbull rejoiced as he said Australians "have spoken in their millions and they have voted overwhelmingly yes for marriage equality... They voted yes for fairness, yes for commitment, yes for love. And now it is up to us here in the parliament of Australia to get on with it."

Now, it's a case for MPs to discuss what form the same-sex marriage bill should take. A bill called the Paterson bill has already been drafted that many No supporting MPs will vote for which will allow businesses to refuse their services to clients if it is for a same-sex wedding. Turnbull says the size of the victory gives Government the mandate to pass the bill as soon as before Christmas.

Sydney and Melbourne were the electorates to vote in the highest measure for Yes at 84% each. The Australian Capital Territory was the state or territory to voted the highest for Yes at 74%, well above second place Victoria at 65%. The highest No vote came from the Blaxland electorate at 74%.

Former Prime Minister and No campaigner, Tony Abbott's constituency of Warrangah voted 75% for Yes - the tenth highest Yes voting electorate in the country. Abbott has also said that he did not expect No to win (few did) but a 40% No vote would be a moral victory.


Bhavesh Jadva

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