'Australians have voted Yes for love,' PM declares

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 07:53:33 AM. The final count was 7.8 million responses in support of same-sex marriage, and 4.9 million against.
Video: Malcolm Turnbull says same-sex marriage result is 'unequivocal and overwhelming' (ABC News) Australians have had their say, with 61.6 per cent of the nation voting Yes to legalising same-sex marriage. The final count was 7.8 million responses in support of same-sex marriage, and 4.9 million against. Australian statistician David Kalisch said the final number of responses was 12,727,920 people, representing 79 per cent of eligible Australians. "This is outstanding for a voluntary survey and well above other voluntary surveys conducted around the world," he said. "It shows how important this issue is to many Australians." Mr Kalisch noted participation was strong across every state and territory except in the Northern Territory, where only 58.4 per cent of eligible people responded. Video: Australia says yes to same-sex marriage, ABS chief statistician confirms (ABC News) Participation in the survey was over 70 per cent in 146 of the 150 electorates. "The participation in the survey [was] slightly higher in older ages and slightly lower in younger age groups but not markedly so," Mr Kalisch said. "It is worth noting our youngest on the electoral roll, the 18- and 19-year-olds, responded strongly, with around 78 per cent participation." 'Australians have voted Yes for love' There were scenes of jubilation at Yes campaign parties across the country, including inside Parliament House. Labor's leader in the Senate Penny Wong was moved to tears. Photo: Labor's Penny Wong...Read more
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