Electorate supports same-sex marriage

The majority of voters in the federal electorates of Wakefield and Grey have voted in favour of same-sex marriage, results from the postal plebiscite have revealed.

On Wednesday morning, head of the Australian Bureau of Statistics David Klaisch announced the results of the voluntary postal survey.

More than 12.7 million people had their say, with 61.6 per cent of respondents voting yes to a change in the law that would allow same-sex couples to marry.

In the federal electorate of Wakefield, which encompasses the Clare Valley and towns such as Riverton, Rhynie and Tarlee, 61pc of respondents voted yes to the question “should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”

Of the 114,355 people in the Wakefield electorate, a total of 86,553 – or 75.7pc – returned their vote.

The response from Wakefield was the second lowest rate across the state.

The federal electorate of Grey had one of the tightest margins in the state as 53.pc of respondents voted yes, while 46.7pc voted no.

Of the 102,148 people in the Grey electorate, just 76,821 responded to the survey.

This was the lowest response in SA.

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he would vote yes in parliament to reflect the views of his electorate.

“Personally I voted no but I’ll be voting yes to pass same sex marriage in parliament,” he said.

“The Australian people have clearly decided this is what they want and as SA and Grey both voted in favour of same sex marriage I will be guided by this outcome.”

Mr Ramsey said that care needed to be taken with the legislation.

“I’ll be working within parliament to protect rights for institutions, organisations and individuals, and that there is no negative impact from the same sex marriage decision.

“For those who voted yes, congratulations, and for those who voted no, we live in a democracy and we must accept that there are people with alternative views.”

 – with Jon Ovan