Australia votes Yes but 'this isn’t the finish line'

Tim Blackman and other Yes campaigners gathered at Robertson Park on the October long weekend. Photo: supplied.
Tim Blackman and other Yes campaigners gathered at Robertson Park on the October long weekend. Photo: supplied.

"Overwhelmingly Australia has chosen to be on the right side of history."

That was the first reaction from Yes campaigner Tim Blackman following the 10am same sex marriage results being released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. 

61.6 per cent of Australians voted yes to the question – Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry? – 38.4 per cent voted No.

79.5 per cent of the population participated in the Australian Law Marriage Postal Survey – 12 million of the eligible 16 million Australians cast their vote.

Former Mudgee resident Tim, who campaigned in the towns CBD, described the result as bitter sweet.

“I’m really pleased that we’ve definitely won this, but at the same time this isn’t the end for the Yes campaigners who have come out in their droves, this isn’t the finish line,” he said.

“We still need to get a bill through parliament that doesn’t strengthen discrimination against the LGBTI community, so this is a fantastic moment to celebrate but also a moment to regroup and continue with passion with the fight ahead.