Voters Abandoned Parliament’s Biggest Marriage Equality Opponents

Cory Bernardi's South Australian voters overwhelmingly supported the Yes side.

Tony Abbott, Eric Abetz, Peter Dutton, Kevin Andrews, Cory Bernardi and George Christensen were some of the loudest voices against marriage equality in the federal parliament, but all of them — and more — watched on Wednesday as their electorates abandoned their views, recording big support for the Yes side.

The Yes side celebrated a resounding win in the marriage postal survey, notching 61.6 percent of the vote, with every single state and territory, plus 133 of the 150 federal electoral divisions, recording a majority Yes response. Just 17 divisions, mostly in western Sydney, recorded a majority No response.

“Today is an amazing day.. it’s the biggest ever policy mandate delivered by the Australian people” – @timwilsoncomau 🌈🌈

— Alice Workman (@workmanalice) November 15, 2017

Among the divisions to vote Yes were Warringah, Dawson, Menzies and Dickson, represented by Abbott, Christensen, Andrews and Dutton, respectively, who were among the loudest voices for the No side in parliament. Also voting Yes were the states of South Australia and Tasmania, whose senators included Bernardi and Abetz.

(See the full results on the Bureau of Statistics website)

Exactly three-quarters of Warringah voters supported the Yes side, with No only getting 25 percent of support in that electorate. It was the fourth-highest Yes vote in the state, only behind trendy inner-west electorate Grayndler (79.9 percent), the inner-city seat of Sydney (83.3 percent) and Malcolm Turnbull’s own stomping ground in Wentworth (80.8 percent).

Abbott – Warringah 75% yes
Christensen – Dawson – 55% yes
Dutton – Dickson – 65% yes
Morrison – Cook – 55% yes
Barnaby – New England 52.5% yes @SkyNewsAust

— Laura Jayes (@ljayes) November 14, 2017

More than 55 percent of voters in Christensen’s north Queensland electorate of Dawson supported marriage equality, while 65.2 percent in Dutton’s electorate of Dickson voted Yes.

In Menzies, the Victorian electorate represented by Kevin Andrews — who made one of the most bizarre contributions to the marriage debate, likening the relationship of gay couples to the relationship he has with his “cycling mates” — a clear 57 percent of people voted Yes.

If only Australian politicians had been more in touch with their electorates

— Prof Kerryn Phelps (@drkerrynphelps) November 15, 2017

Abetz and Bernardi have been two of the most prominent figures in the No campaign, racking up countless media appearances and warning of …read more

Source:: The Huffington Post – Australia


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