Yes or No re­sult to­day

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THE re­sults of Aus­tralia’s same-sex mar­riage sur­vey will be re­leased to­day, with the lat­est polling sug­gest­ing “Yes” vot­ers will win in a land­slide.

The Aus­tralian Bureau of Statis­tics will re­lease the Aus­tralian Mar­riage Law Postal Sur­vey re­sults at 10am, with the fig­ures bro­ken down into Yes/No re­sults and par­tic­i­pa­tion rates by elec­toral di­vi­sions, states, gen­der and age groups.

A Newspoll re­leased by The Aus­tralian yes­ter­day found 63 per cent of those polled had voted yes, leav­ing 37 per cent vot­ing no. The sur­vey of 1600 peo­ple was car­ried out at the week­end.

Caity El­lett, who held a wed­ding in Gee­long with her wife Sian in 2015, said it was un­be­liev­able same-sex mar­riage was not yet le­galised in Aus­tralia.

“I think any­thing that has the word ‘ equal­ity’ in it, we shouldn’t be de­bat­ing at all,” Ms El­lett said. “I think it’s ridicu­lous.”

“I feel like the peo­ple it will re­ally af­fect are the vul­ner­a­ble, I think that’s what's re­ally im­por­tant.”

Ms El­lett said Aus­tralia’s lack of same-sex mar­riage laws had con­trib­uted to her and her part­ner’s de­ci­sion to move to New Zealand this year.

“There were lots of rea­sons to move home, but mov­ing to a coun­try where we’re val­ued as equal def­i­nitely played a part — it’s a dif­fer­ent feel­ing,” she said. “I no­ticed as soon as we started vis­it­ing New Zealand, it’s sub­tle but it’s ac­tu­ally quite a big dif­fer­ence be­ing ac­knowl­edged that way.”

Gee­long yes cam­paign­ers were yes­ter­day con­fi­dent they would be hear­ing good news.

“I’m adamant it’s go­ing to be a yes,” Gee­long Rain­bow Inc vice-pres­i­dent Sarah Hath­way said.

“I just can’t fore­see how it could not be.

“I think the rain­bow com­mu­nity needs to cel­e­brate that be­cause it is a win.”

Ms Hath­way said the LGBTIQ com­mu­nity would cel­e­brate a win, but did not ex­pect the Govern­ment to act quickly on le­gal­is­ing same-sex mar­riage.

“I don’t think any­thing will be get­ting passed this year,” she said.

Ms Hath­way also raised con­cerns that Bills be­ing put for­ward by con­ser­va­tives were aim­ing to dampen the im­pact of a yes re­sult.

She said an al­ter­na­tive Bill put for­ward by Lib­eral Sen­a­tor James Pater­son — which would give busi­nesses the right to refuse to pro­vide ser­vices for same-sex wed­dings — would le­galise dis­crim­i­na­tion.

Caity and Sian El­lett at their 2015 cel­e­bra­tion in Gee­long.

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