Marriage survey an example of democracy in action, says local MPs

Australia has voted – and the answer is a resounding ‘yes’.

This morning, the Australian Bureau of Statistics handed down the results of the much-anticipated same-sex marriage survey.

Australia voted 61.6 per cent in favour of same-sex marriage, and 38.4pc against.

In South Australia, 592,528 people – or 62.5pc – voted ‘yes’, while 356,247 – or 37.5pc – said ‘no’.

Across the Herald’s three federal electorates, the results were:

  • Barker – 52.3pc ‘yes’, 47.7pc ‘no’
  • Wakefield – 61pc ‘yes’, 39pc ‘no’
  • Mayo – 64.7pc ‘yes’, 35.3pc ‘no’

Participation rates across Barker and Wakefield, however, were among the lowest in the state.

In Barker, 77pc – or 81,568 people – took part, while 86,553 people (75.7pc) responded in Wakefield.

The least responsive electorate was Grey, with 75.2pc of voters.

Mayo, however, was the second most responsive electorate in the state with 83.8pc of votes returned – just behind Boothby with 84.3pc.

Federal Barker MP Tony Pasin was approached for comment, and responded in a written statement.

“As I have made publicly clear on numerous occasions, although I personally believe in the traditional definition of marriage, I will vote in parliament based on the will of the people,” the statement said.

“That is, the majority of Australians have voted to change the definition of marriage to allow same-sex marriage and I will honour this in a parliamentary vote.

“I strongly believe however, that we need to ensure that religious freedoms are protected. As such I will be supporting a Bill in parliament to change the definition of marriage that includes the strongest possible protections for religious freedom.”

Meanwhile, local MPs largely welcomed democracy in action.

State Member for Schubert Stephan Knoll, who voted ‘no’, said the people had spoken.

“I think this is a positive sign of a good democracy in action,” he said.

“Barker only voted 52.3pc ‘yes’, 47.9pc ‘no’, so I think it would be safe to say it’s likely Schubert returned a majority ‘no’ vote.”

While he had voted ‘no’, he said he was satisfied Australia had had its say.

“I look forward to the issue being resolved in federal parliament soon.”

State MP for Light Tony Piccolo was confident the results would help federal politicians to vote accordingly when the matter came before the Australian parliament.

“The people of Australia have expressed their view, now parliament should implement that,” he said.

“You can’t ask people to take part in a process and not act on it.

“With the response rate, I think (federal) politicians can be confident in voting ‘yes’.”

While Australia has made its opinion clear, the matter must now go before parliament.

Legislation is expected to be introduced into Parliament today and debated in the coming weeks.

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