OPINION: The best gift of all to same-sex couples

WHAT a way to start a Wednesday.

Hearing the majority of Australians voted yes to same-sex marriage gave me more energy than a double shot of coffee.

I'm absolutely thrilled.

At work, watching crowds of people on television eagerly awaiting the results, I couldn't help but feel moved by the reactions of those hopeful the answer would be Yes.

Adding to the excitement was Bill Shorten's announcement that same-sex marriage could be legalised by Christmas.

The results were overwhelming nationally with 61 per cent of Australians voting in favour of same-sex marriage.

However, the result in the Wide Bay and Hinkler electorates was underwhelming.

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Only 55.5 per cent of residents in Wide Bay voted Yes while 50.7 per cent voted in favour in the Hinkler electorate.

I would like to put it down to people not understanding the question but honestly, it appears we live in quite a conservative community.

Another factor I found surprising was the participation rate of younger age groups.

The 25-29 age group had the smallest percentage of participants with 75.5 per cent of females and 68.3 per cent of males voting.

Surprisingly, there was a higher participation rate in people aged 50 and over.

Despite the surprises, I am more than happy with the overall result.

I hope Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten stay true to their word and give some same-sex couples the best Christmas present of all - the right to legally marry.



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