Hume and Whitlam say yes to marriage equality

IT'S A YES: Daniel Emsermann and Patrick Glanville were excited about the result of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. Photo: Emily Bennett
IT'S A YES: Daniel Emsermann and Patrick Glanville were excited about the result of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. Photo: Emily Bennett

The Hume and Whitlam electorates have returned a majority yes vote in the Australian marriage law postal survey.

The results of the survey were announced by Australian statistician David Kalisch on November 15.

In the Whitlam electorate, 62 per cent or 57,562 people voted yes, and 37.7 per cent or 34,879 people voted no.

Meanwhile in the Hume electorate, 58.6 per cent or 51,284 people voted yes, and 41.4 per cent or 36,271 people voted no.

In the Hume electorate 87,555 people had their say in the voluntary survey, while in the Whitlam electorate 92,441 people took part.

The overall result across Australia was 61.6 per cent or 7,817,247 people voted yes, and 38.4 per cent or 4,873,987 people voted no.

About 40 members of the Southern Highlands Pink Drinks social group gathered to watch the results on television on Wednesday morning.

Pink Drinks founder Lauren Kelly said the results sent a message of acceptance to people in the LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Intersex) community.

Ms Kelly said there was a mixture of excitement and nerves in the air as the group awaited the announcement.

“It’s a resounding yes from the general population,” she said.

“It’s really given us confidence that the majority of people accept same-sex couples.”

Ms Kelly said the result gave many people in the LGBTQI community a confidence boost.

“Things like this do make a difference,” she said.

“It confirms what we were hoping – that we’re accepted as a part of the community.”

Bowral’s Patrick Glanville said he and his partner Daniel Emsermann waited nervously for the outcome of the postal survey, but expected the result to be a yes.

“It gathered enough momentum,” Mr Glanville said.

It’s really given us confidence that the majority of people accept same-sex couples.

Southern Highlands Pink Drinks founder Lauren Kelly

“I think it should be signed off and done now.”

Mr Emsermann said he also hoped that same-sex marriage would be legalised soon.

“Malcolm Turnbull said if the vote is a yes, that’s enough to legalise same-sex marriage by Christmas,” he said.

“That makes it easy for us.”