WA returns Australia's second-highest Yes vote for same-sex marriage

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 07:49:24 AM. West Australians have overwhelmingly voted in favour of same-sex marriage, returning the second highest Yes vote of any state in results of the national postal survey.
Video: Perth celebrates the same-sex marriage result (ABC News) West Australians have overwhelmingly voted in favour of same-sex marriage, returning the second highest Yes vote of any state in results of the national postal survey. Out of 801,575 votes returned in the state, 63.7 per cent of registered voters indicated Yes, with 36.3 per cent voting No. The result was behind only Victoria, which recorded a 64.9 per cent Yes vote. The ACT posted the highest Yes vote of any territory, with 74 per cent. External Link: Datawrapper - how WA voted in SSM survey External Link: Datawrapper - SSM vote state-by-state 'We're going to win' For Neil Connor and Geoff Bishop, they don't want special treatment — just equality. The couple were among about 1,000 people who flocked to Northbridge Piazza to see the results come in live at 7am. Photo: Geoff Bishop and Neil Connery celebrate the yes vote in the same-sex marriage postal survey. (ABC News: James Carmody) "Relieved, happy, ecstatic, glad it's over. We're going to win!" Mr Bishop said. "It's peace of mind for me. We are finally going to be treated equally," Mr Connor added. The Mandurah couple have been together for 30 years and were married at the British Embassy in Perth in 2015. They were thrilled at the prospect of their marriage being recognised by their own country. "Australia is about to recognise us as a couple. Our marriage is no longer going to be invisible," Mr Connor said. Photo: There were scenes of joy at...Read more
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