Thorn Park owner reacts to same-sex marriage survey

Thorn Park owner David Hay.
Thorn Park owner David Hay.

Thorn Park owner David Hay, Sevenhill, labelled Wednesday’s same-sex marriage result a relief after an exhaustive three-month process.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics announced the results on Wednesday morning which showed that 61 per cent of respondents to the voluntary postal survey voted in favour of allowing same-sex couples to marry.

Mr Hay said he felt “drained” after the long process, but was happy with the result of the survey.

“I was in the car park at Woolworths when I heard the news,” he said.

“My first reaction was ‘my God’, it was just strange.

“That was my immediate reaction, but since then I have had a much happier reaction.”

Since the results were announced, Mr Hay said he had received lots of positive comments.

“I actually had some really lovely emails, text messages and Facebook messages today from not only friends but also from guests of Thorn Park and also from people I know in politics.

“People have really taken the time to write quite beautiful notes which I was not expecting, it was really lovely.”

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the non-compulsory postal plebiscite back in August, with voting slips sent out in mid September.

Voting closed last Tuesday.

Looking back, Mr Hay said the same-sex marriage debate had not been Australia’s “best three months”.

The country is not out of the woods yet though, with legislation still to be passed through parliament.

It is hoped that same-sex marriage will be legalised by Christmas, however it will prove difficult with just nine sitting days left for the remainder of the year.

Mr Hay said he would wait for parliament to pass legislation before “popping the champagne”.