Same sex marriage postal survey results: Australia says YES

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Australians have said YES to same-sex marriage, with 61.6 per cent of people who voted across the country wanting the law to be changed.

Almost 80 per cent of eligible Australians went to the polls, with 7,817,247 responding Yes and 4,873,987 (38.4 per cent) responding No.

Western Australians voted a resounding yes in the survey, with 63.7 per cent believing same-sex marriage couples should be able to marry.

Hundreds of people gathered at the Northbridge Piazza this morning for the announcement after a successful equality campaign.

Christian Lyon was among many people who celebrated the news after waiting his whole life to feel accepted.

He said he had been with his partner for 30 years and the result made him feel “valid”.

He said the past few weeks had been tense.

Mr Lyon said despite desperately wanting to get married to his partner, he didn’t want to marry overseas, but in his own country.

He and his partner were both at Parliament in the 80s when homosexuality was decriminalised.

“I feel valid, justified and accepted,” he said.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull welcomed the “overwhelming” yes result from the Australian people.

“They have voted overwhelmingly yes for marriage equality,” he said.

“They voted yes for fairness.

“They voted yes for commitment.

“They voted yes for love.

“And now it is up to us here in the Parliament of Australia to get on with it.

“To get on with the job the Australian people have tasked us to do and get this done this year before Christmas.”