US News Australia votes in favour of same-sex marriage

05:05  15 november  2017
05:05  15 november  2017 Source:   Press Association

Apple's Tim Cook tweeted a congratulatory message to Australia on its same-sex marriage vote -- using a New Zealand flag emoji

  Apple's Tim Cook tweeted a congratulatory message to Australia on its same-sex marriage vote -- using a New Zealand flag emoji <p>Apple CEO Tim Cook has accidentally used a New Zealand flag emoji to welcome Australia's same-sex marriage result.</p>Social media is in a frenzy after Australia voted Yes in favour of marriage equality.

Support for same - sex marriage is strongest in the youngest demographic, aged 18-34, with 66 per cent in favour and just 28 per cent against. The ratio narrows as voters get older; people aged over 65 are the only group more likely to vote No

Even if there is a resounding yes vote , MPs are under no compulsion to actually vote in favour of same - sex marriage . You can only change the constitution through a public vote . That’s not the case in Australia . The definition of marriage can only be changed by a vote on the floor of the house.

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Australia has followed Ireland in voting in favour of legalising same-sex marriage by 61.6% to 38.4%.

The postal survey saw 16 million registered voters among Australia’s population of 24 million asked for their views on overturning the prohibition.

With a turnout of 79.5%, the vote had a bigger turnout than the Brexit referendum and US presidential election.

  Australia votes in favour of same-sex marriage

As the majority voted in favour, the parliament will vote by December on legislation to lift the prohibition.

Australian statistician David Kalisch announced the results in the country’s capital Canberra, with 7,817,247 of the ballots cast saying yes, compared to 4,873,987 opposed to the idea.

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Many other MPs, including those from Labor, the Greens and some other parties believe Australia should legalise same sex marriage . After the failure last year to push the plebiscite through parliament, yesterday's party room meeting essentially voted in favour of a back up plan - a postal

a colorful kite in a city: Australia has voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage © Provided by The Press Association Australia has voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage Across all six states in Australia, the yes vote won – ranging from 64.9% in Victoria to 57.8% in New South Wales – and both the Northern Territory (60.6%) and Australian Capital Territory (74%) voted in favour of the proposal.

Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull addressed the results at a press conference in Canberra, and said it was time for Parliament to act on the wishes of the nation.

He said: “Australians have voted yes for fairness, they have voted yes for commitment, they have voted yes for love.

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  Australia votes in favour of same-sex marriage

“That must be our commitment.”

He added: “We asked the Australian people for their view. This was an unprecedented exercise in democracy, a voluntary survey in which 80% participated and over 61%, 61.6%, have said yes.

“That’s an overwhelming participation rate and an overwhelming yes vote.

“I know that many people – a minority obviously – voted no.

  Australia votes in favour of same-sex marriage

“But we are a fair nation – there’s nothing more Australian than a fair go, than equality, than mutual respect.”

Liberal senator Eric Abetz, who backed the No campaign, said: “The decision by the Australian people reflected in the postal survey is a decision that I regret but respect.

“Changing a fundamental societal institution that pre-existed the nation-state is something which should rightly be decided by the people as a whole and it has been with a very strong turnout despite claims from many quarters that this process would fail.

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“While disappointed by the result, I am heartened by the strong ‘no’ vote in the face of such a relentless campaign from the ‘yes’ campaign by the media, political elites and celebrities.

“The voices of the millions of ‘no’ voters deserve to be recognised in the framing of any legislation.

“A hubristic winner-takes-all approach in this matter would ignore the will of millions of Australians who have concerns about changing marriage.”

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Alan Joyce, an Irish-born Australian described as a “passionate advocate for LGBT+ rights”, said he was proud of Ireland when they voted to legalise same-sex marriage in 2015.

Addressing a Yes campaign event in Sydney, he said: “But today I am even more proud of Australia, my country of selection.

“This is an amazing outcome and we should all be proud of this amazing country.”

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