Crowds gathered around the country this morning to celebrate the announcement of the marriage equality postal survey outcome: a resounding Yes.
Over 12 million people—almost 80 per cent of eligible voters—had their say, far higher than the turnout for other non-compulsory votes including Brexit and the US presidential election.
All age groups had participation rates of over 70 per cent, with older people slightly more likely to have cast their vote.
The Yes camp won by a wide margin, with 7,817,247 votes, or 61.6 per cent.
Another 4,873,987 people, or 38.4 per cent, voted No.
Of the 150 federal electorates, 133 returned a majority Yes vote.
Tony Abbott’s electorate of Warringah had the tenth-highest percentage of Yes voters in the country.
Most of the 17 electorates returning a No vote were in western Sydney.
Every state and territory returned a majority Yes vote.
The lowest Yes vote was from New South Wales, at 57.7 per cent, while the highest was from the Australian Capital Territory, where 74 per cent of voters said Yes.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called the marriage survey result “unequivocal and overwhelming” and reiterated his intention to legislate marriage equality this year.
“[Australians] have voted Yes for fairness,” he said.
“They’ve voted Yes for commitment. They’ve voted 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 asked us to do, and get this done, this year, before Christmas.
“That must be our commitment.”
Two competing bills for marriage reform are set to be introduced to parliament this week.