Australia says 'yes' to marriage change

AUSTRALIANS voted yes for Same Sex Marriage.
AUSTRALIANS voted yes for Same Sex Marriage. JOEL CARRETT

AUSTRALIANS have voted 'yes' in the same-sex marriage postal vote, the results announced on Wednesday morning.

After months of fierce debate on both sides, support for changing the marriage act came out on top at 61.6%.

According to the Australian Electoral Commission, Flynn residents voted 51.5% in approval of same-sex marriage, in comparison to 39% who voted no.

In the Wide Bay, 55.6% voted yes compared to 46% who voted no.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull took to the stage and said it was now up to the government to act.

"It is up to us here in the Parliament of Australia to get on with it, to get on with the job the Australian people have tasked us to do and get this done - this year, before Christmas,” MrTurnbull said.

"That must be our commitment.”

He praised the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Electoral Commission for ensuring the vote was conducted smoothly.

"A great credit to the ABS and the offices of the Australian Electoral Commission that assisted them to have this done so efficiently, so comprehensively, so emphatically, and I say to all Australians, whatever your views on this issue may be, we must respect the voice of the people,” he said.

The official vote was 61.6% for yes, 38.4% for no.

Topics:  marriage equality same sex marriage wide bay burnett

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