Australian same sex marriage survey a majority Yes result

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It is a momentous day for the nation with Australians overwhelmingly voting yes for marriage equality.

That support was matched in the local electorates of Cowper and Lyne.

Sixty per cent of 95,810 marriage equality survey participants in Cowper voted yes, while 55.3 per cent of 92,955 participants in Lyne showed their support.

The announcement was made at 10am on November 15 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Across the nation, 61.6 per cent of people said yes to marriage equality while 38.4 per cent said no - a participation rate of nearly 80 percent.

Member for Lyne, Dr David Gillespie said he was pleased that in his electorate, 81 percent of voters responded to the survey.

"I have always said that as a Federal Member of Parliament, I would always respect the majority view within my electorate in determining my position on this issue, regardless of my own personal views.

"I look forward to now dealing with the legislation that facilitates the will of our electorate and the Australian people with the religious protections that have been committed to throughout the debate leading up to the completion of this survey," Dr Gillespie said.

Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said the postal survey results were conclusive.

"I think the result was expected, with an overwhelming yes, both nationally and in the electorate of Cowper.

"The Australian public has said yes and I fully intend to facilitate a vote in parliament where I will be voting yes," Mr Hartsuyker said.

The reaction in the Camden Haven was generally positive with residents agreeing there is now an urgency for politicians to act.

‘About time’ said Annaliese Allsop.

Carol Chilcott said the decision should have happened in parliament without all the fanfare and expense.

“I don't agree with the result, but I will respect it,” said Nonna Apple.

“The failure of the Federal Parliament to address this, as is their responsibility, has meant that animosity and bitterness has scarred many in the community, whether in the Yes camp or the No camp.”

ACON, NSW’s leading LGBTI health organisation, has warmly welcomed the ‘yes’ result as a huge step forward for LGBTI equality in Australia, according to ACON president Justin Koonin said

“As an organisation that has openly and proudly supported marriage equality in Australia, ACON is heartened to see LGBTI people receive so much support from the Australian public,” Dr Koonin said. 

“This is an encouraging outcome that we hope will finally pave the wave for marriage equality.”

Dr Koonin said the protracted public discourse on marriage equality has had a detrimental effect on people’s health.

“Over the past few months, our communities have been subjected to an unnecessary and divisive debate, which has caused many people distress. 

"Research show that LGBTI people experience higher levels of depression, anxiety disorders, self-harm, suicidal ideation and suicide compared to the general population. These health conditions have been exacerbated by this harmful debate, which has caused segregation and may have led to poorer health outcomes,” he said.

ABS same-sex marriage survey results declared in Canberra: