Same-sex marriage vote results: Australia votes Yes to gay marriage
No camp commiserates behind closed doors
It’s a sober atmosphere at the No camp where they shared their disappointment. behind closed doors. As the result broke the disappointment was clear with some members hanging their heads. Many of them left shortly after when media where allowed in.
Mathias Cormann has outlined the process the Senate chamber will likely go through over the next few weeks in order to legislate for same-sex marriage.
A Bill for same-sex marriage will be introduced into the Senate this afternoon, kicking off what the Senator said would be “weeks” of debate over the law change.
“I am on the public record saying that I believe the Smith Bill is a good starting point and indeed a number of Senators have given notices that they will seek to introduce the Smith Bill into the Senate this afternoon,” Senator Cormann said.
“I do believe that there is a need for some additional religious protections. I am not going to go into the specifics today. That is going to be a matter for the debate over the next few weeks. “What would happen this week, if the motion that was given notice of in the Senate were to pass the Senate later today, is that tomorrow the Senate would start the second reading debate. “The debate will not go beyond the second reading debate tomorrow on the terms of the motion that was moved.
“The debate in the committee stages of the Bill will only take place in the week of the 27 November.”
PM commits to marriage equality before Christmas
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has pledged to deliver marriage equality following the vote for same-sex marriage.
“We must respect the voice of the people. We asked them for their opinion and they have given it to us. It is unequivocal, it is overwhelming,” Mr Turnbull said at a press conference minutes after the results were released.
“They are our masters, we who were elected to parliament. It is our job now to get on with it, get on with it and get this done. It is fair. The people have voted yes for marriage equality. Now it is our job to deliver it.”
Mr Turnbull acknowledged that Australians had “spoken in their millions” and voted overwhelmingly Yes for marriage equality.
“They voted yes for fairness, yes for commitment, yes for love. And now it is up to us here in the parliament of Australia to get on with it, to get on with the job the Australian people have tasked us to do and get this done,” he said.
“This year, before Christmas – that must be our commitment.”
How the states and territories voted
How the states and territories voted.Source:Supplied
Australians have voted in favour of changing the law to allow same-sex marriage.
Australian Statistician David Kalisch announced the results of the ABS postal survey from Canberra, confirming the survey had delivered a Yes result.
Of 12.7 million votes, 61.6 per cent were returned in favour of same-sex marriage.
The final participation rate accounted for 79.5 per cent of eligible voters.
Mr Kalisch announced every state and territory recorded a majority Yes vote.
No campaign gathers in private function
The No camp has gathered at a Sydney CBD hotel ahead of the announcement but media will not be allowed to film the group’s reaction to the result.
About 100 people have begun arriving for the morning tea, including at least one of the women who appeared in a controversial Coalition for Marriage ad, Dr Pansy Lai.
Their reaction to today’s announcement will not be filmed as the event is closed to the media until after the result when Lyle Shelton of the Australian Christian Lobby is expected to give a speech.
‘Don’t keep dragging us under the bus’
Magda Szubanski has issued a last-minute plea to politicians to quickly deal with marriage reform legislation in the event of a Yes vote.
“If it’s a Yes, I would hope that this would be expedited really quickly and that they don’t keep dragging us under the bus,” she told The Morning Show.
“They already threw us under the bus, all of them, don’t keep dragging us under the bus.
“Please get this done — if it’s a Yes — quickly, cleanly and with as little pain as possible.”
The popular comedian and same-sex marriage advocate said her biggest concern today — no matter the vote’s outcome — was for “kids out there in hostile environments with people around them who don’t support them, who are going to be feeling terrible”.
Szubanski said the main message she wanted to get out today was to those kids, assuring them that they are supported.
Thousands gather ahead of announcement
Thousands of people have started gathering at Sydney’s Yes campaign announcement, one of at least 20 organised events around the country today.
Rainbow flags are the accessory of choice and the crowd, while happy, are also nervous.
Talking to news.com.au from the event in Prince Alfred Park, some have admitted to being concerned about the ramifications of a No result.
“We’re keeping fingers, toes and just about everything else crossed,” said one.
Equality Campaign head Tiernan Brady, director of Australians for Equality, said: “There’s a lot of butterflies in a lot of stomachs across Australia as we wait for a result.”
Thousands of people have begun to gather at Prince Alfred Park. Picture: Benedict Brook/news.com.auSource:news.com.au
How the announcement will play out
We’re less than an hour out from learning the result of the same-sex marriage survey and campaign events are getting under way.
The result will be revealed at 10am AEDT, live from the Australian Bureau of Statistics in Canberra. Australian statistician David Kalisch will be on the mic announcing the final tally.
Ahead of the public announcement, Mr Kalisch will inform Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, as well as a select number of representatives from both the Yes and No camps.
After the answer is revealed, the Yes campaign and parliamentary sponsors of the same-sex marriage bill have press conferences scheduled.
We’re expecting to hear from the No campaign as well, but they haven’t made any public announcements about how they will respond to the news.
‘A great day for our country’
Liberal MP and same-sex marriage advocate Tim Wilson has declared today’s same-sex marriage survey announcement will mark a “great day” for Australia.
“I think Australians are going to come out in very strong numbers and send a message to the community that they want a more equal, more inclusive society. One where everyone’s treated with respect and dignity, where we believe in a society built on commitment and responsibility,” he told Sky News.
“I think it’s going to be a great day for our country.”
History could be made today with the marriage equality result due at 10am today.Source:istock
Ian Thorpe: ‘I’m not prepared for a No’
Olympian and same-sex marriage advocate Ian Thorpe is putting his trust in polls today and says he’s “cautiously optimistic” about this morning’s same-sx marriage survey result announcement.
“I’m confident because of how many people have responded to the survey, 80 per cent, and because we’ve had past surveys indicating that it will be a yes, that’s where the confidence comes from,” he told Sunrise.
Thorpe said a Yes result would send an important message to young Australians struggling with their sexuality.
“What this message would send to young people who may be struggling with their sexual identity, is that the country supports you and the person you happen to love,” he said.
Thorpe said he was “not prepared for a No”.
“It’s why we’ve been working diligently on making sure that this will be a Yes,” he said.
‘The world is watching you, Australia’
British actor Matt Lucas has warned Australia the world will be watching as the same-sex marriage survey results are released.
The popular Little Britain comedian took a break from promoting his book to voice his support for marriage reform, and reminded Today viewers that today’s vote was a significant world event.
“What a big day it is in Australia today. The world is watching you, Australia,” he said.
Lucas said as a gay man, he hoped the decision “goes the right way”, and joked that “gay marriage should be mandatory”.
Matt Lucas: ‘The world is watching you Australia.’ Picture: Channel 9Source:Channel 9
Later in the interview, Lucas repeated there was global anticipation for the results.
“Gay marriage has happened in the UK, it has happened in America, and you know what, nothing bad has come of it,” he said. “It is happening, and I think it is time. Obviously it is up to the Australian people to decide.”
US broadcaster NBC has also noted the significance of today’s decision.
NBC said the vicious campaign was “surprisingly toxic for a country known for its laid-back attitude and vibrant gay and lesbian culture”.
Labor Senator Penny Wong says if the same-sex marriage survey returns a No result, then Labor would aim to legislate for marriage equality.
“That would be pretty hard, wouldn’t it,” she told ABC radio when asked about the possibility of a vote against same-sex marriage.
“It would be emotionally difficult for a lot of people. Even if there’s a No vote, if we want the next election we will legislate. We would have to pick ourselves up.”
Bernardi ‘won’t be invited to any gay marriages’
Today host Karl Stefanovic has predicted Senator Cory Bernardi won’t be receiving any invitations to gay weddings as the No campaigner pledged to press ahead fighting for “religious freedoms” provisions to be built into the Marriage Act.
The independent Senator, who has been a vocal spokesman for the campaign against same-sex marriage, said Liberal voters had been “betrayed” by members of the party’s leadership who have encouraged the same-sex marriage vote.
“During the campaign they told us that they would defend these things. This is why this has been a disingenuous campaign and the Liberal voter base has been betrayed by those within the Liberal Party,” Senator Bernardi said.
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Senator Bernardi went head-to-head with Yes campaigner Alex Greenwich on the Nine breakfast show, who shut down the Senator’s argument.
“People have been voting for marriage equality. They have not been voting to increase discrimination,” Mr Greenwich said.
“Australians have come together like never before to more our country forward, not backwards as Senator Bernardi wants us to go.
“We are not going to go back to an Australia where we have a sign out the front of the shop that says who you will serve and who you won’t serve.”
Turnbull returns for gay marriage result
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has arrived back in Australia in time for the release of the final same-sex marriage postal survey results.
Mr Turnbull, who touched down in Canberra after five days in southeast Asia, has slapped down a late push by conservative colleagues to water down anti-discrimination laws if the Yes vote prevails.
He’s expected to clash with MPs supporting a bill intended to protect religious freedoms. The PM says conservative Liberal Senator James Paterson’s bill “makes legal discrimination that is illegal”.
Yes victory predicted for same-sex marriage D-Day
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the goal for today’s same-sex marriage survey announcement is to have gay couples able to marry by Christmas, and insiders have tipped a Yes victory will be the likely result.
Government insiders are anticipating a win for marriage equality advocates ahead of the official results to be released today.
More than 12 million people have voted on the issue, meaning nearly 80 per cent of eligible Australians took part in the voluntary poll.
Various opinion polls point to a majority Yes vote, possibly as high as 60 per cent, and senior government insiders are reportedly confident of a result in favour of same-sex marriage.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics will release the outcome at 10am AEDT.
The results will be broken down to electorate level, meaning while Mr Turnbull has assured voters a Yes result, if successful, would “sail through the parliament”, MPs will face pressure to mirror their constituents’ views when a private member’s bill is introduced today.
A private bill, proposed by West Australian Liberal Senator Dean Smith, has been labelled the “starting point” by senior government ministers. It will be supported by Labor and the Greens even though the minor party plans to present amendments.
A second private bill, containing more protections for religious organisations and conscientious objections, is being pushed by conservative Coalition MPs, many of whom campaigned for a No vote.
The Prime Minister, who has consistently voiced his support for same-sex marriage, will return to Australia from meetings in the Philippines ahead of the announcement.