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Australia reacts to same-sex marriage decision

Tuesday - 14/11/2017 20:23
IT MIGHT have been an overwhelming Yes, but not everyone was happy when the SSM result was announced.

AUSTRALIA has spoken.

After a nervous wait the results of the same-sex marriage postal survey have finally been revealed in an extraordinary turnout for the Yes campaign.

The moment was encapsulated perfectly by Labor senator for South Australia and same-sex marriage campaigner Penny Wong, who was seen breaking down as the vote was announced.

Australian statistician David Kalisch announced the results of the ABS postal survey from Canberra, confirming the survey had delivered a Yes result.

The final participation rate accounted for 79.5 per cent of eligible voters.

In a rare moment when the nation had its say on who and what we are, the survey returned a 61.6 per cent vote in favour of same-sex marriage.

According to Marriage Equality Australia, a greater percentage of people participated in the postal survey than in Brexit, the UK general election, Irish Marriage Equality referendum and the US Presidential election.

All states and territories returned a majority Yes result. In NSW, 58 per cent voted Yes. In Queensland, 61 per cent voted Yes. In South Australia it was 62 per cent, Victoria returned a 65 per cent Yes vote, Western Australia returned a 64 per cent Yes vote and Tasmania returned a 64 per cent Yes vote. In the ACT, 74 per cent voted Yes, and in the Northern Territory 61 per cent voted Yes.

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