Gilmore says ‘yes’ to same-sex marriage

PROUD: Roger Nee and Emily Jenkins stand in front of a group of Milton-Ulladulla businesses who have united to publicly support the "yes" vote. Photo: Jessica McInerney.
PROUD: Roger Nee and Emily Jenkins stand in front of a group of Milton-Ulladulla businesses who have united to publicly support the "yes" vote. Photo: Jessica McInerney.

It's a win for the “yes” vote in Australia’s marriage equality survey. 

An overwhelming 7,817,247 people - or 61.6 per cent of eligible Australians voted “yes”. 

While, 4,873,987 people - or 38.4 per cent - voted “no”.

In the Gilmore electorate 62 per cent – or 59,322 – of Gilmore residents voted “yes” and 36,386, or 38 per cent voted “no”. 

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“Yes, I am very, very happy,” Mollymook resident Ollie Cool said. 

“It is fantastic news and it is just a joy. 

“I am really, really happy it is all over.”

Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis has not officially commented on the result of the survey, however she has previously indicated she would vote inline with the outcome of the electorate.  

“Ann, please now stand-up publicly and say you will also vote ‘yes’ when it comes to parliament so we can all rest, relax and celebrate today.” 

Ollie and her wife Marianne were married in Holland, the first country to legalise same-sex marriage, five years ago. 

She said the results of the survey will help Australians to recognise her relationship as the same as heterosexual couples. 

“I think it just really does start to make you feel more equal,” she said.

“It doesn’t change our relationship, it just makes us more equal and that will be nice.” 

Despite the result of the survey, same-sex marriage still is not legal in Australia. 

The non-binding, voluntary poll is only a guide for the politicians on how they will treat the issue in parliament and at this stage there is no confirmed bill the MPs and Senators will vote on. 

Coalition MPs will be granted a free vote to decide whether the result is passed into law and it’s likely to be held before the end of the year. 

People have "voted yes for fairness, they voted yes for commitment, they voted yes for love,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said. 

“It is now up to politicians to make sure the will of the people is respected by Parliament and the legislation is passed by Christmas.”