RADIO Interview

Elation and relief felt by members of Sydney's LGBTIQ community as they celebrated the 'Yes' result.

They say they're proud of the Australians who supported them but that the survey process was stressful and brought out a lot of pain.

Many are also nervous about just what type of legislation could eventually be put through parliament.

About The Australian Same Sex Marriage (SSM) survey

The Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey was a national survey that gauged support for legalising same-sex marriage in Australia. The survey was held via the postal service between 12 September and 7 November 2017. Unlike voting in elections and referendums, which is compulsory in Australia, responding to the survey was voluntary.

A survey form, instructions, and a reply-paid envelope were mailed out by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to every person on the federal electoral roll, asking the question "Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?" The ABS outlined processes to ensure eligible Australians lacking access to post could participate.[2]

The survey returned 7,817,247 (61.6%) "Yes" responses and 4,873,987 (38.4%) "No" responses. An additional 36,686 (0.3%) responses were unclear and the total turnout was 12,727,920 (79.5%).[3]

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