Macquarie electorate votes 63.9% yes in same-sex marriage survey

The electorate of Macquarie had a 63.9 per cent 'yes' vote in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. Picture: Geoff Jones
The electorate of Macquarie had a 63.9 per cent 'yes' vote in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. Picture: Geoff Jones

NEARLY two-thirds of the Macquarie electorate said yes to same-sex marriage during the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey, in a result welcomed by Susan Templeman and Mary Lyons-Buckett.

The Member for Macquarie and Hawkesbury Mayor have both spoken many times about their desire to see same-sex marriage become legal, and it seems that will happen, judging by the results of the survey.

The electorate of Macquarie had a participation rate of 82.7 per cent in the survey, meaning about four in every five residents voted.

The result from 88,193 participants was a vote of 63.9 per cent ‘yes’, and 36.1 per cent ‘no’.

The total results across Australia was a 61.6 per cent ‘yes’ vote, and a 38.4 per cent no vote, with just under 80 per cent of the country voting.

Macquarie MP Susan Templeman welcomed the decision.

“This survey confirmed what we already knew –– that residents of the Hawkesbury and the Blue Mountains believe that the LGBTIQ+ members of our community should be treated equally, and that the right to marry the person you love should be extended to all,” she said.

Hawkesbury Mayor Mary Lyons-Buckett, bottom left, with Christine Paine, Barry Calvert, Danielle Wheeler and Leigh Williams in March, 2015. Picture: Geoff Jones

Hawkesbury Mayor Mary Lyons-Buckett, bottom left, with Christine Paine, Barry Calvert, Danielle Wheeler and Leigh Williams in March, 2015. Picture: Geoff Jones

Hawkesbury Mayor Mary Lyons-Buckett was equally as pleased.

“It is now very clear that a majority of Australians support equality and the right of all citizens to choose to marry if they wish,” she said.

“I am pleased that a significant step in the long road to achieving true equality has occurred and I remain hopeful that legislation will be introduced which reflects the wishes of the majority.”

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has said legislation will be introduced to Parliament to legalised same-sex marriage by the end of the year.