Australia's same-sex marriage postal survey: 61.6% yes, 38.4% no

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15 Nov 2017 07:09 - +9554
Haha get fucked Tony Abbott, your ‘if no vote gets above 40% it’s a moral victory’ didn’t happen! Today’s a great day.
15 Nov 2017 07:11 - +7289
133 of 150 electorates voted yes in the majority, 95 by more than 60%. Just 17 electorates voted no. 7,817,247 people voted yes. 4,873,987 voted no - just 38.4% of the clear responses. 79.5% of people voted. This was “outstanding for a voluntary survey.” All age groups had participation rates above 70%, but slightly more in older age groups. 18 and 19 year olds responded with around 78% participating.
15 Nov 2017 07:11 - +3464
As an Australian I still find it appalling that 38% of us voted against basic equality. edit: as some have pointed out 38% of the 80% who voted, not 38% of all Australians. Thanks for correcting me.
15 Nov 2017 07:25 - +2436
Northern Ireland is about to become the only (developed) English-speaking country NOT to have gay marriage. I'd say we should complain to our government but we don't have that either.
15 Nov 2017 07:26 - +2436
In today's Fake News culture, this is extremely important. Those people claiming to be the 'silent majority', and that 'bleeding heart lefties' would be shocked when no won, are definitively proven not just to be out of touch, but to be liars who were actively trying to bring us down and worry us and make the world feel shittier than it is. We never needed to worry. That mentality should be applied to any situation where we think the world can't get better. Next time you're concerned that things aren't going too great, remember that the douchebags are just pretending it's going their way.
15 Nov 2017 09:59 - +1472
Came here expecting to see a sample size of 1,200 and surveyed in one state. > More than 12.7 million people voted in huge 79.5% turnout Fuck was I wrong. Well done Australia!
15 Nov 2017 08:04 - +1373
The shitshow's not over yet, the proposed bills allowing discrimination are pretty scary. NO CAMPAIGNERS: We just want to make sure people aren't harassed by the gay community and that people's basic human right to freedom of religion is protected MUSLIMS: Hi NO CAMPAIGNERS: NOT YOU
15 Nov 2017 07:08 - +1358
A great result. Now it's up to our incompetent government - who organised this ridiculous survey - to actually pass it. This is just the first step.
15 Nov 2017 07:10 - +988
I 100% support the yes campaign, but I'm not celebrating too much. This survey should never have happened and has hurt so many LGBTI+ already. I'm breathing a massive sigh of relief and I'm satisfied with the outcome, but it's frustrating that it ever came to this in the first place.
15 Nov 2017 07:15 - +600
15 Nov 2017 09:03 - +418
let the cunts marry for fuck sakes
15 Nov 2017 11:37 - +408
75% YES in Tony Abbott's electorate.
15 Nov 2017 07:34 - +387
Tony Abbott said it: ≥40% NO vote would be a moral victory. NO didn't achieve this. NO has a moral loss, YES has a moral victory. > "Just to get 40 per cent would be a moral victory for marriage"
15 Nov 2017 12:44 - +370
Twitter post from MP who voted "No": >My position hasn't changed - while I voted "no" in the survey and explained why, I will honour the voice of the majority of our community by voting "yes" to change the law. lol, no way a Republican here would ever say that. Good for Australia for actually acting like adults instead of sore losers.
15 Nov 2017 09:13 - +364
I like how Tony Abbot made a statement thanking "the 4.7 million Australians who support marriage between a man and a woman" as if the people who voted in favour of same-sex marriage don't also support that.
15 Nov 2017 07:26 - +213
Good, hopefully this means we don't have to see so many Aussies in NZ now! 😜 Seriously though, it's good to see Australia finally catching up and hopefully your government proceeds onwards from this vote.
15 Nov 2017 07:24 - +207
NSW was the only state under 60%. Damn Dubbo ruining it for the rest of us like always.
15 Nov 2017 08:31 - +157
Oh man the salt from the Christian right here in Australia atm is glorious. Excuses ranging from it was rigged (even though it was the Christian right that called for the plebicite), to Satan manipulating the results, man it is amazing. If you were a No supporter I only have 1 thing to say to you. Ha ha. Fuck you.
15 Nov 2017 07:31 - +156
Suck shit Abbott
15 Nov 2017 08:00 - +153
For non-Australians, the conservative right in Australia has taken some lessons from the US and Britain, and we've just had months of hate filled propaganda about how legalising same-sex marriage is going to lead to the breakdown of society, pedophilia, bestiality, plagues of locusts, etc etc. There's been a lot of insinuation about how same sex couples are basically incapable of properly raising children, amongst other things. I know from my personal friends and the wider community how appalling it's been for gay people to deal with. Basically, their right to be treated in the same way as everyone else has been 'debated' by a bunch of straight, conservative religious bigots as though we're debating whether to give dogs the vote or something. I know of people who have been spat on in the street by 'no' campaigners. It's been awful. Parliament is now supposed to vote based on the result to enact simple changes to the Marriage Act. But the next move the far right has already put in motion is to "protect religious freedom" by actually enacting a whole bunch of provisions to allow people to discriminate freely against gay people, because apparently the right to discriminate is more important than the right not to be discriminated against. They are literally worried about the "right" of highly religious bakers to refuse to make wedding cakes for those scary, scary gay people. This process has been fucked, but the result is a great vindication for the majority of Australians who aren't bigots.
15 Nov 2017 08:41 - +120
Definitely wouldn't have liked the $100 million to go towards, oh I don't know, health or education.
15 Nov 2017 10:38 - +76
Well that was 120 million well spent. Could have just done a Facebook survey for free to get the same result but yeah, good job guys!
15 Nov 2017 07:21 - +62
There's a joke about the government having a mandate now I could make but it's been done to death so I won't make it.
15 Nov 2017 11:14 - +24
"Lets hear the gays. Lets hear the nays. The gays have it."

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