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Australia supports same sex marriage

Written By: - Date published: 12:18 pm, November 15th, 2017 - 21 comments
Categories: australian politics, human rights, identity, International, polls - Tags: ,


The results are in and Australia has voted overwhelmingly in favor of allowing same sex marriages.  The response rate was 79.5% which is a phenomenal response for a postal referendum.  Over 12 million votes were cast.

Youngest voters replied strongly with 18 and 19 year olds voting as often as their older counterparts.

Yes vote was 61.6% of the total, and the no vote 38.4%. Spoilage rate was 0.2%.

All states votes yes, New South Wales lowest at 59%.

Inner city electorates were overwhelmingly in favor.

133 commonwealth electorates voted yes and only 17 voted no.

Now it is over to the Parliament. It will be interesting to see Tony Abbott’s response.

21 comments on “Australia supports same sex marriage ”

  1. Now it is over to the Parliament. It will be interesting to see Tony Abbott’s response.

    Yes, it will be interesting to see how they dress up their distaste for democracy.

    • tc 1.1

      Malcolm now has a large 79.5% 2 finger salute from the Oz public he can shove down Tonys throat.

      This will still leave room for Tony’s foot though so the fun will continue.

      He’s a complete liability that’s going to see them turfed out next election and has been at his puritanical best over this issue. The Oz public have had a gutful of the infighting it’s like Rudd/Gillard again.

  2. Ad 2

    Such a gift to Labor, if they are prepared to exploit it.

    • tc 2.1

      Unlikely, Lib’s are on a self destruct course all Labor has to do is keep their cool as Abbott’s doing a better job than they would.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 2.1.1

        Nope. They should figure out what he’ll do next and take a giant dump in it 😈

  3. OnceWasTim 3

    About bloody time!!!!!! I can’t wait for the cooser Abbott’s response

  4. patricia bremner 4

    Yes Yes!! We are house sitting for a lovely couple who are travelling round NZ. This is great for them, and for the whole community.

    Most people are at ease with it apart from fundamentalist religious folk or bigots in my experience.

    Who cares about Tony Abbot. Wonderful affirmation for his sister though!

  5. One Anonymous Bloke 5


  6. eco maori 6

    That’s good for equality for all humans the bigots can piss off

  7. Sparky 7

    Well good on them, its not before time either…..

  8. Philg 8

    Will the government support it and risk losing its fundamentalist support, and an election.lol

  9. Roy 9

    Bummer. I liked Aussie being the undisputed backward ignorami, and hence having all the gays and sensibles marrying over here. Spose now they’ll get the credit and economic benefit for joining the 21st century.

  10. Philip Ferguson 10

    The % vote is almost exactly the same as the actual referendum on same-sex marriage rights in the south of Ireland a couple of years ago – there it was 62% yes and 38% no.

    Every single constituency bar one voted Yes. The one that voted No was actually really close, like 49% Yes to 51% No (or something very close to that).

    In Ireland, it was interesting that all the parties in the parliament supported it and compelled their TDs (MPs) to campaign for it. Lots of public figures, from crooner Daniel O’Donnell to rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll to actor Colin Farrell called for a Yes vote.

    A breakway organisation of 1,000 priests basically told people to ignore the bishops and vote whatever they wanted.

    In the hardcore working class areas lof Dublin the Yes vote was as high as 75-80%.

    I’m amazed that gay marriage isn’t already legal in Australia; it’s a very weird situation over there but one that now appears very close to being sorted.

    On Ireland: https://rdln.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/irish-society-and-politics-and-the-referendum-on-gay-marriage/

  11. John L 11

    Trouble is, it was only an Opinion Poll – an expensive pile of crap that wasn’t needed, to satiate the regressive, repressive, authoritarians who have their grubby fingers around the testicles of the LNP, so, opinions having been given by the majority of Aus voters, let’s hope the rearguard stalling tactics by those self same disgustati, won’t drag on til past the new year!

  12. The Real Matthew 12

    Good to see Australia had the maturity to send this to a referendum, we should have done the same.

    I was surprised by the size of the no vote but religion still has an iron grip on parts of our society which is sad. Hopefully the Australian parliament will follow through the will of the people though for democratic purposes it would be nice to see the no vote represented (but ultimately losing).

  13. Tanz 13

    Will bakers be sued for not baking rainbow cakes there too?

    • One Anonymous Bloke 13.1

      Far more likely they’ll experience a consumer boycott. That’s freedom of expression for you.

  14. Angel Fish 14

    The government shouldn’t have ANY business doing anything like marriage!
    It’s also discriminatory towards those who are poly or single.
    We need to be working towards getting rid of these types of contract systems.

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