Everything you need to know about the YES vote
On Wednesday morning at 10am, it was announced that Australia has voted 'YES' to marriage equality. And what a time it is to be alive.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics declared that almost 13 million votes came in, which made up 79.6 per cent of the population. And of that 13 million votes, 61.6 per cent of Australians voted Yes.
In announcing the news, ABS chief statistician David Kalisch commended the “outstanding” number of people who came out to vote.
“This is outstanding for a voluntary survey and well above other voluntary surveys conducted around the world,” Kalisch said. “It is worth noting our youngest on the electoral roll, the 18- and 19 -year-olds, responded strongly with around 78 per cent participation.”
But now what?
Minutes afterwards at a press conference in Canberra, Mr Turnbull said Australia voted Yes and it was his job “to deliver it”.
“They have spoken in their millions and they have voted overwhelmingly yes for marriage equality. They voted yes for fairness, yes for commitment, yes for love,” he said.
“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 asked to do and get this done. We asked them for their opinion and they have given it to us. It is unequivocal, it is overwhelming. It is our job now to get on with it... It is fair. The people have voted yes for marriage equality. Now it is our job to deliver it.”
We will wait.