Australia says yes but we say no

Parramatta has recorded Australia’s sixth highest ‘no’ vote for same-sex marriage.

While 62 per cent of Australians who took part in the postal survey were in favour of marriage equality, 61.6 per cent of the federal Parramatta electorate ticked ‘no’. The ‘no’ vote attracted more than 47,000 votes while almost 29,300 said ‘yes’. Around 75 per cent of eligible voters in the electorate participated.

We said yes!: Sydneysiders celebrate the result of the same-sex marriage postal survey. Picture: David Moir

We said yes!: Sydneysiders celebrate the result of the same-sex marriage postal survey. Picture: David Moir

Federal Parramatta MP Julie Owens is in support of same-sex marriage reforms.

“I have always made time to speak to my constituents openly and honestly about issues they feel strongly about, and respect the diverse range of views people in Parramatta hold,” she said.

“As we move towards legislation, it is clear that I will need to talk openly with some in my community about their concerns and what this result means for them.”

The majority vote in the neighbouring McMahon and Greenway electorates was also ‘no’. Bennelong and Mitchell voters were split, where the ‘no’ vote was 50.2 per cent and 50.9 per cent respectively.

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