It’s happened. On Wednesday morning at 10am, the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced that the majority of almost 13 million votes in the heavily maligned postal survey were in favour of marriage equality.
Australia has said ‘yes’.
Of those who voted, 61.6 per cent of Australians voted Yes for marriage equality, while 38.4 per cent voted No. An additional 0.2 per cent of the vote was unclear.
More than 12.7 million Australians voted in the survey, making up 79.6 per cent of the population.
In announcing the news, ABS chief statistician David Kalisch commended the “outstanding” number of people who came out to vote.
“This is outstanding for a voluntary survey and well above other voluntary surveys conducted around the world,” Kalisch said.
Of the votes, a Yes majority was recorded for 133 electorates, while a No majority was only recorded for 17 electorates. In New South Wales, 57.8 per cent of people voted Yes in the lowest Yes vote percentage of any state. Meanwhile, ACT had the highest proportion of Yes votes, with 74 per cent. Behind the ACT came Victoria (64.9 per cent), WA (63.7 per cent), Tasmania (63.6 per cent), SA (62.5 per cent), QLD (60.7 per cent) and NT (60.6 per cent).
The Equality Campaign described the result as historic.
“This happened because millions of Australians reached out to our own families, neighbourhoods, organisations – to stand up for equality, stand by our loved ones and share why YES was so important,” spokesman Alex Greenwich said in a statement.
“Parliament still has to pass Australia’s unequivocal mandate for equality into law. And you can be sure we’ll hold them to that – we expect a timely vote on a fair and simple bill, this year.
“But for now we celebrate YES.”