Almost three in every four Canberrans voted YES in the same-sex marriage postal survey.
The results announced this morning revealed that the ACT had the highest voter turnout nationwide at 82.4% and the highest YES vote in the country at 74%.
On a day that the YES campaign achieved a resounding victory, today Canberra is proud and elated.
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said “marriage equality is about the values [Canberrans] hold dear” and today’s result shows the rest of Australia and the world that in Canberra, we practice what we preach.
Values of equality, diversity, fairness and belief in love and happiness for all Australians is what our city stands for.
Having been the first jurisdiction to legalise same-sex marriage in 2013 before the High Court nullified the marriage law, Chief Minister Barr said today “we have achieved a fairer and more inclusive country for all of us.”
Braddon’s iconic Lonsdale Street will close from 6pm tonight, encouraging the community to come together to celebrate the result at the Official Canberra Results Street Party. Hopscotch’s beer garden will become a rainbow paradise; beer taps have been rebranded with ‘YES’ in a variety of languages, guests can enjoy a special Equality cocktail and walk out on to the rainbow crossing (think Abbey Road) that will be painted across Lonsdale Street.
Today’s result gives extra special cause to celebrate the fact that We Are CBR – Australia’s most inclusive city.