South Australia has thrown its support behind same-sex marriage, in line with the national survey results revealing a huge 61.6 per cent of people voted yes.
Of 951,553 voters in South Australia, 592,528 people, or 62.5 per cent, voted the the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry. In comparison, 356,247 people, or 37.5 per cent, voted against.
Nearly eight out of 10 eligible Australians in SA, or 79.7 per cent, expressed their view.
South Australian Labor senator Penny Wong had an emotional response to the vote results.
“Thank you Australia. Thank you for standing up for fairness, thank you for standing up for equality. Thank you for standing up for gay and lesbian Australians; the LGBTQI community everywhere – thank you for standing up for our families,” she said.
“Thank you for standing up for the sort of Australia we believe in: an Australia that is decent, an Australia that is fair.
“Now Australians have done their part, and it’s time for the Parliament to do our part.
“And together we will.”
Premier Jay Weatherill, who has been a staunch advocate of same-sex marriage in the past, labelled the day “historic” and praised those who campaigned for the result.
The non-binding postal survey results were announced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ chief statistician on Wednesday morning, November 15.
Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry? South Australians vote yes. See how each SA electorate voted in the graphic below:
In South Australia, 951,553 eligible voters, or 79.7 per cent of people, participated in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.
Females were more likely to respond than males. In SA, 497,538 females, or 82.0 per cent, and 443,903 males, or 77.3 per cent, responded to the survey.
In SA, those aged 70 to 74 were the most likely to respond to the survey, with 90.4 per cent of eligible voters in this age group participating. The participation rate was lowest in those aged 25 to 29 at 71.2 per cent.
The electorate of Barker had the highest percentage of ‘no’ votes in the state, with 47.7 per cent of people voting against same-sex marriage, but the majority of voters, 52.3 per cent, supported changing the law.
In the electorate of Mayo, 64.7 per cent of people voted ‘yes’ to same-sex marriage, while 35.3 per cent voted against.
In Wakefield, 61 per cent of people voted ‘yes’, while 39 per cent voted ‘no’. Local MPs in Barker, Wakefield and Mayo largely welcomed democracy in action.
Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey promised to uphold his electorate’s 53.3 per cent ‘yes’ vote when he votes for same-sex marriage legislation in parliament.
Watch the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ chief statistician reveal the survey results: