Irons will sup­port same-sex mar­riage

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

SWAN MHR Steve Irons has con­firmed he will vote in favour of same-sex mar­riage af­ter Aus­tralia said yes to mar­riage equal­ity.

“The peo­ple of Swan have voted ‘yes’ to al­low same-sex mar­riage,” he said.

“I’ll be back­ing the views of my con­stituents in Swan and will vote ac­cord­ingly.”

In WA, 63.7 per cent of re­spon­dents voted yes in the Aus­tralian Mar­riage Law Postal Sur­vey, fol­low­ing 74 per cent in the ACT and 64.9 per cent in Vic­to­ria. There was strong sup­port for same-sex mar­riage in the elec­torate of Swan, with 67.7 per cent vot­ing yes in the sur­vey.

The fed­eral elec­torate of Curtin had the strong­est yes vote in WA with 72.2 per cent, while Burt had the low­est with 57 per cent vot­ing yes and 43 per cent vot­ing no.

Fre­man­tle and Perth both re­turned over 70 per cent yes votes, with Moore and Brand fol­low­ing in the high 60s.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion across the state stood at 78.4 per cent, with more women re­spond­ing than men. Those aged 70 to 74 had the high­est re­sponse rate, with 89.1 per cent of el­i­gi­ble Aus­tralians in the age group re­turn­ing their pa­pers, while the par­tic­i­pa­tion rate was low­est in those aged 25 to 29 at 70.3 per cent.

Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull said the peo­ple of Aus­tralia had spo­ken and he in­tended to make same-sex mar­riage law by Christ­mas.

Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment are not bound by the re­sult, but the Govern­ment has promised to al­low MPs a con­science vote on a same-sex mar­riage bill.

Sub­urbs in the elec­torate of Swan. Inset: Same-sex mar­riage sup­port­ers cel­e­brate.

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