AUSTRALIA has said yes to marriage equality, with WA returning the third-highest result in the nation.
In Western Australia, 63.7 per cent of respondents voted yes in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey, following 74 per cent in the 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.
Fremantle and Perth both returned over 70 per cent yes votes, with Moore and Brand following in the high 60s.
Participation across the state stood at 78.4 per cent, with women more likely to respond than men.
Those aged 70 to 74 had the highest response rate, with 89.1 per cent of eligible Australians in the age group returning their papers, while the participation rate was lowest in those aged 25 to 29 at 70.3 per cent.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said this morning that the people of Australia have spoken, and he intends to make same sex marriage law by Christmas.
Members of parliament are not bound by the result of the survey, but the government has promised to allow MPs a conscience vote on a same-sex marriage bill.
Two same-sex marriage bills were put forward, one sponsored by WA Liberal senator Dean Smith and another sponsored by Victorian Liberal senator James Paterson.
Senator Smith gave notice of his motion yesterday, with his bill introduced today and set to be debated in parliament on Thursday.
The notice was signed by Senators across parties, including Penny Wong, Louise Pratt, Linda Reynolds, Richard Di Natale and Derryn Hinch.
Senator Paterson has since dropped plans for his bill, and decided to move forward with Senator Smith’s bill.
“It is clear the majority of senators believe my colleague Senator Dean Smith’s bill is where we should start,” he wrote in an update on his Facebook page.
“I will now work constructively with my parliamentary colleagues over the coming weeks on amendments to ensure that the strongest possible protections for the freedoms of all Australians are enshrined in the final legislation.”
The Equality Campaign supports Senator Smith’s bill and rejected Senator Paterson’s bill earlier this week, calling it “nothing more than a license to discriminate”.
BRAND 67.1% YES, 32.9% NO
BURT 57% YES, 43% NO
CANNING 60.2% YES, 39.8% NO
COWAN 58.8 % YES, 41.2% NO
CURTIN 72.2 % YES, 27.8% NO
DURACK 59.2% YES, 40.8% NO
FORREST 63.8% YES, 36.2% NO
FREMANTLE 70.1% YES, 29.9% NO
HASLUCK 62.4% YES, 37.6% NO
MOORE 68% YES, 32% NO
O’CONNOR 56.2% YES, 43.8% NO
PEARCE 63.9 % YES, 36.1% NO
PERTH 71.5% YES, 28.5% NO
STIRLING 61.1% YES, 38.9% NO
SWAN 64.7% YES, 35.3% NO
TANGNEY 61.6% YES, 38.4% NO