Majority ‘yes’ in same-sex vote

Story appeared in: Torch | November 21st, 2017

THE majority of Canterbury Bankstown residents voted against changing the law to allow same-sex marriage but the proposal will go ahead after the postal survey delivered a Yes result.
Australian Statistician David Kalisch announced the results at 10am last Wednesday.
The majority of Australians indicated that the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry, with 7,817,247 (61.6 per cent) responding 'Yes' and 4,873,987 (38.4 per cent) responding 'No'.
Nearly eight out of 10 eligible Australians (79.5 per cent) expressed their view.
The three federal electorates in the Canterbury Bankstown local government area, have all rejected equal-marriage in the survey.
In the electorate of Blaxland, 57,926 (73.9 per cent) of the 78,332 surveys returned voted 'No', while just 20,406 (26.1 per cent) voted 'Yes'.
Federal Labor MP for Blaxland, Jason Clare, said he was not surprised with the result.
"Blaxland is a very socially conservative electorate," he said.
"I've always known the views of my electorate on this issue and I've always been upfront with them about mine.
"Good people with good hearts can have different views on this important issue."
In Watson, 57,160 (69.6 per cent) casted a 'No' vote, while 24,915 (30.4 per cent) said 'Yes' to same-sex marriage.
Federal Labor MP for Watson, Tony Burke, said he went to the last election with a clear public commitment that he would be voting 'Yes'.
"I will be keeping that commitment. That doesn't change. My community knows that if they are treated with prejudice, vilified, or marginalised in any way, I will stand up for them regardless of polls. The same applies to this issue," Mr Burke said.
In the electorate of Banks, there was a 55.1 per cent (46,343) 'No' vote, with a 44.9 per cent (37,736) 'Yes' vote.

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