Victoria’s anti-gay marriage MPs have been handed a sharp rebuke by their constituents who have voted an emphatic Yes in the same-sex marriage postal survey.
But the state’s highest no-votes were in Labor-held seats in outer suburban Melbourne.
Only two out of 37 Victorian electorates voted No, with the ALP-held seats of Bruce and Calwell rejecting the proposal by 53 per cent 47 and 57 to 43 to per cent respectively.
Bruce overlaps significantly with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ state seat of Mulgrave.
Support for same-sex marriage was strongest of all in Greens-held Melbourne, where 83.7 per cent of respondents voted yes.
Close behind was Melbourne Ports, held by Labor, which recorded an 82.0 per cent yes vote.
The Liberal held seats of Higgins and Goldstein in Melbourne’s inner south-east recorded strong yes votes of 78.3 per cent and 76.3 per cent respectively.
More than 3.3 million Victorians completed their surveys, with about 2.15 million ticking the “Yes” box while about 1.6 million of the state’s residents rejecting the proposal that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.
It was close too in the electorate of Holt, in Melbourne’s south-easter bible-belt suburbs where the yes case squeaked through by 51 per cent to 49.
Voters in the seats held by the state’s social conservatives Liberal MPs Kevin Andrews and Michael Sukkar, who are both opposed to gay marriage, showed their elected representatives are out of step with their constituents.
Menzies, held by Mr Andrews voted-yes by 57 per cent to 43 per cent and Deakin held by Mr Sukkar voted by 66 per cent to 34 per cent to accept the proposal.
Mr Sukkar has stated he will respect the will of his electorate in subsequent Parliamentary votes but Mr Andrews is expected to stick to his opposition to any legalisation of same-sex marriage.
Any significant country-city divide failed to materialise in Victoria with Melbourne voters voting Yes by 65.4 per cent and 63.3 of voters in the rest of the state supporting the proposal.
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