MP to honour Yes vote

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O’Connor has recorded the highest No vote of any WA Federal electorate in the same-sex marriage survey in the results released yesterday.

However the electorate, which stretches from Albany to Kalgoorlie, still voted to support same-sex marriage, with 56.2 per cent of 77,541 respondents voting Yes, and 43.8 per cent voting No.

The O’Connor result was not as emphatic as the national count, which recorded a resounding Yes vote of 61.6 per cent, with almost 1.3 million people taking part.

The WA result was 63.7 Yes to 36.3 per cent No.

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O’Connor MP Rick Wilson said he would stand by his commitment to honour the result of the survey when legislation reached Parliament.

“I think all and all the decision by the Government to go to a postal plebiscite has been a resounding success,” he said.

“Where I have been very clear that my personal position was a No, I would certainly not stand in the way of the Australian people.

“I won’t be voting against the Bill.”

But Mr Wilson said he does have some concerns when it comes to religious protections and would like to see a legislative Bill to protect faith-based institutions.

“Protections for faith-based charities and schools to basically teach things according to their faith — and also to employ people who share their values,” he said.

“And that is their fundamental right — religion freedom is a fundamental right and I think as a nation we need to respect.

“People shouldn’t be forced to do things against their will.”

Albany Gay and Lesbian Group member and co-ordinator Sarah Schoute said she was thrilled with the survey result.

“It’s awesome, I’m really relieved and really happy,” she said.

“I’m glad that O’Connor got a Yes vote and I hope that Rick Wilson will follow through and vote accordingly.”

Mr Wilson is confident the same-sex marriage Bill will be passed before Christmas.

A total of 12,727,920 Australians voted in the survey.

In WA, 801,575 people — 63.7 per cent of respondents — voted in favour of same-sex marriage, while 455,924 people voted No.

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