Same-sex marriage result: Australia votes ‘yes’

Stephanie Peatling

  • Australia has voted ‘yes’ to same-sex marriage;
  • 61.6 per cent of people voted ‘yes’ and 38.4 per cent of people voted ‘no’;
  • Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called on politicians to respect the will of the people;
  • Mr Turnbull wants legislation passed by Christmas; 
  • debate on the legislation is likely to begin tomorrow.
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YES result: How the day played out

(For a proper progressive time-frame of the action on the Referendum – Scroll UP from the botto of this article)

It started with a statistician, and ended with a bill introduced to the Senate. Look back at the defining moments of this historic day.

It’s the end of the day. What happened?

My thanks to Andrew Meares and Alex Ellinghausen for their superb efforts and to you for reading and commenting.

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Andrew, Alex and I will be back in the morning for the start of the parliamentary debate. Please join us. Until then – have a wonderful evening.

If you’d like to see Australia’s ‘jubo’, as the photographers refer to scenes of jubilation, look no further.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott is speaking to Sydney radio.

“I’m not going to vote against the will of the people,” he says.

“I am not going to try to stop this going through the Parliament. There will be no filibustering, no clever political tactics.”

I have seen some disappointment the ‘yes’ vote wasn’t higher.

Let me put it in context for you.

At 61.6 per cent the ‘yes’ received more votes than Labor or the Coalition have ever got at a federal election.

The highest vote ever for the Coalition was 56.9 per cent in 1966. The highest vote ever for Labor was 53.2 per cent in 1983.

There is applause for Senator Smith as he introduces his bill.

The motion is passed on the voices which means debate will start tomorrow at 9.30 am.

This is the only item the Senate will consider tomorrow.

Senator Dean Smith with Senators Louise Pratt, Janet Rice, Skye Kakoschke-Moore, Penny Wong and Derryn Hinch after the ...
Senator Dean Smith with Senators Louise Pratt, Janet Rice, Skye Kakoschke-Moore, Penny Wong and Derryn Hinch after the introduction of the Marriage Amendment Bill on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Meares

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Greens leader Richard Di Natale is making the same noises.

He says the consensus bill “is the position the Greens support”.

“Think very, very carefully about entrenching discrimination to appease your colleagues rather than listening to the Australian people who spoke so clearly today.”

Senator Wong is speaking: “I believe the Australian people voted to remove discrimination and I trust the bill will reflect that.”

She is not indicating there is any scope for amendment.

Senator Brandis says there is “no government view” on the bill but he has his own thoughts.

He says he will move an amendment to make it clear there is nothing in the bill to make it “unlawful for people to hold and express their own views on the subject of marriage”.

Attorney-General George Brandis in the Senate on Wednesday.
Attorney-General George Brandis in the Senate on Wednesday. Photo: Fairfax Media

Attorney-General George Brandis is speaking on the bill in the Senate.

He says debate will begin tomorrow and will continue until it is “finally disposed of”.

He thinks this could take the whole of the week of November 27.

This means there is only one bill before Parliament.

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Senator Paterson has pulled his bill.

“I am very pleased with the strong ‘yes’ result today. At last, same sex couples will be able to get married, as I have long advocated,” he said in a statement.

“The Parliament must now quickly pass a bill to legalise same sex marriage. It is clear the majority of senators believe my colleague Senator Dean Smith’s bill is where we should start. I will now work constructively with my parliamentary colleagues over the coming weeks on amendments to ensure that the strongest possible protections for the freedoms of all Australians are enshrined in the final legislation.”

We’re just waiting for the debate about whether Senator Smith’s bill will go ahead to begin.

Any minute now.


The Australian public has delivered its overwhelming opinion towards the enactment of legislation for Same-Sex Marriage in their country. 

Despite heavy support for the NO Vote by the Sydney Anglican Diocese ($1 Million -worth) – being a true measure of the diocese’s conservative evangelical roots at Moore Theological College, which probably lowered the majority of YES Votes in the New South Wales State – the overall nationwide approval, at 61.2% of those voting, probably turned out to exceed any of the opposition’s expectations.

All that remains now is for the Australian Federal Parliament to pass the legislation – which will bring Australia into line with New Zealand’s current legislation on Equal Marriage. The Prime Minister wants this to happen before Christmas.

The result of the plebiscite was greeted by the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, as a “Victory for Love, Equal Rights and Justice”.

Former Prime Minister, Tony Abbott said, on Sydney radio: 

“I’m not going to vote against the will of the people. I am not going to try to stop this going through the Parliament. There will be no filibustering, no clever political tactics.”

It will be interesting to see what those opposing the legislation will now do in response.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand


About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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