Australia votes ‘yes’ to same sex marriage, with WA among the leaders

THE electorate of Fremantle overwhelmingly said yes to same-sex marriage, with 70.1 per cent of votes returned in the Australian Law Postal Survey supporting the change last week.

Fremantle MHR Josh Wilson will be supporting the same-sex marriage amendments.

In WA, 63.7 respondents voted yes in the Australian Law Postal Survey, following 74 per cent in ACT and 64.9 per cent in Victoria.

The Federal electorate of Curtin saw the strongest yes vote in WA with 72.2 per cent, while Burt had the lowest, with 57 per cent voting yes and 43 per cent voting no.

Mr Wilson said he was proud of the electorate that supported inclusion and love.

“I’m proud to represent an electorate that – with a yes vote exceeding 70 per cent – overwhelmingly supports equality, inclusion and love,” he said.

“This resounding victory is a credit to all those who have long supported and fought for this important change.”

Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk said she expected the result from the community.

“I expected an emphatic yes vote from our community and that’s exactly what Freo has delivered,” she said.

“Now that the Government has wasted $122 million to confirm what we already knew, there can be no more delays or excuses.

“Federal Parliament needs to get this done by Christmas.”

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said it had been a long process but had a good result.

“I look forward to Freo being part of a community that celebrates marriage equality,” he said.

“I can actually imagine the rainbow sea container being the site of many same-sex weddings going forward.”

A Bill for same-sex marriage was introduced to Federal Parliament on Thursday. The notice was signed by Senators across parties, including Penny Wong, Louise Pratt and Linda Reynolds.