After a long, bruising and divisive campaign, the results of the same sex marriage survey have been announced, with Australians saying Yes to equality. 61.6 per cent of Australians voted in favour of same sex marriage in a voluntary ballot in which more than 12 million people participated.
Yesterday’s final polls had the Yes vote in front. But in a post-Brexit, post-Trump world, nobody was prepared to put their faith in anything but the final result.
Yes, the survey was needless, and needlessly harmful. Yes, it doesn’t mean same-sex marriage is legal. And yes, right now the forces against marriage equality are mobilising to continue delaying any opportunity for real change.
But at the same time; yes. This is a win. It is meaningful, it is wonderful, and it’s worthy of celebration.
Here’s where you can.
Yes Campaign Melbourne Results Announcement
Official results were broadcast live at 10am, followed by speeches. Before this morning, organisers had advised attendees to bring both party attire for a Yes vote and placards in case of a No.
Melbourne Result Street Party
The official Yes Campaign street party. Just up the road from the State Library, Lygon St will be closed in front of Trades Hall from 5.30pm for a massive party giving thanks to everyone who has contributed to the Yes campaign, regardless of the plebiscite result.
The party will spill over into the John Curtin Hotel and will include drag performances, food and drinks.
Karen from Finance will host secret guest bands alongside musical talent including HABITS, Wet Lips, Lubulwa, HEXDEBT, BV, Tanzer, MATKA, Popchops, MinnieTaur, Anna Diction, Zelda Moon, The Ballarat Orchestra and LGBTIQ Choir.
Victorian Trades Hall, 5.30pm.
Westies Results Party
Long running Seddon cafe Seddon Deadly Sins will provide finger food at this relaxed, family-friendly event. Children’s entertainment will be provided.
Closet Yes Results Party
Melbourne’s longest running queer party sets up among the packing crates in Tattersalls Lane. DJs and dancing absolutely guaranteed.
Section 8, 5pm–11pm.
Free Drinks Marriage Equality Results Party
This starts just in time for celebrating after the results come in. Free beer and cider will be provided by Kaiju, Brooklyn Brewery, Feral Brewing Company, Boatrocker Brewing Company, Gage Roads Brewing Co., Hop Nation, Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company and Garage Project.
Loop Project Space and Bar, 12pm–5pm.
Queer party promoters The Outpost host some of Melbourne’s best disco DJs at the newly refurbished Curtin House rooftop bar. The Outpost’s Whiskey Houston and Mr. Weir will be joined by Wax’ O Paradiso’s Milly Davidson, as well as Kovack and Oscar O, Nicole Jones and Andy Black. Dandrogyny will be hollering on the megaphone.
Rooftop Bar and Cinema, 10.30am–8pm.
A Night of Love
Mollie’s Grill Bar – the diner inside Sircuit – will start the day with a free breakfast from 9am, while the results come in. The party will continue into the night at Sircuit. The Smith St bar will be celebrating regardless of the result as they’ll be beginning their 10th anniversary birthday week celebrations. DJs Mark Robbo, Missy La’Minx, Sasha Starr, Lexi Gaga, Taylor Made are on tunes.
Pot of Gold (A Safe Space Yes! Party)
Not everyone has the stamina to celebrate in the disco. PoG provides some left field offerings with heartbreaking songs from Totally Mild, Lalic’s lo-fi pop, Shania Choir (that’s right, choral versions of Shania Twain songs) and glam performance artists the Huxleys. DJ Crème Brulee will fill the quiet bits.
All proceeds will go to Minus18, a non-profit run by and supporting Australia’s LGBTQI+ youth.
The Old Bar, 7.30pm–late.
... and some statistics on the vote:
More than 12.7million Australians participated in the survey, a response rate of 79.5 per cent.
61.6 per cent of national participants voted yes in the plebiscite.
In Victoria, 64.9 per cent of participants voted yes, more than 2.1millon Victorians.
The Melbourne electorate had the largest percentage of yes voters with 83.7 per cent supporting the change. Melbourne was followed by Melbourne Ports with 82 per cent and Higgins with 78.3 per cent.
Of eligible Victorian voters 81.7 per cent participated.
Victorians aged 70–74 were the most likely to respond. 89.3 per cent of this age bracket took part.
Those least likely to respond were 30-34 year olds, 75.9 per cent of which participated.