Australians may have voted overwhelmingly in favour of same sex marriage – but these are the seats which cast their ballots against the controversial change.
Only 17 of 150 electorates voted No nationwide. The top seven seats giving marriage equality the thumbs down were in western Sydney.
Twelve seats voted No in New South Wales, the only state to report a Yes vote below 60%.
Meanwhile, just three seats voted No in typically conservative Queensland and two in regional Victoria.
The Labor seat of Blaxland – which takes in parts of Villawood, Bankstown and Auburn in Sydney‘s west – voted most strongly against the change with 74% No.
Scroll down for a list of the top 20 YES and NO seats
State by state breakdown: NSW voted most narrowly for same sex marriage – while in the ACT nearly three quarters of the population were in favour
We do! Celebrations have broken out across Australia (here in the Melbourne CBD) after the YES vote won 61.6% of the vote – but not everyone was on their side…
Close to eight million people – representing 61.6 per cent of the population – voted ‘Yes’, bringing this Sydney woman in a rainbow wig to tears
Likewise in strong opposition to the change were the federal western Sydney seats of Watson, McMahon, Werriwa, Fowler, Parramatta and Chifley.
Maranoa, which takes in the town of Roma in Queensland’s rural south-west, and Calwell in Melbourne’s north-western suburbs recorded the strongest No votes in their states.
Meantime, the seat of Melbourne, which takes in the city’s CBD, recorded the country’s highest Yes vote – with an overwhelming 84% in support.
The inner city seats of Sydney, Melbourne Ports and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s seat of Wentworth had some of the highest Yes votes.
Meantime Tony Abbott’s seat of Warringah, which takes in parts of Sydney’s northern beaches, recorded the fourth highest ‘Yes’ vote in the state.
Some 75% of the population voted Yes there.
SYDNEY: These are the seats, highlighted in redthat voted majority NO in the country’s biggest city. Meantime the seats in green all voted majority YES
MELBOURNE: Most of the city voted YES – but the seats of Calwell, in the north-west, and Bruce, in the east, voted NO
QUEENSLAND: The expansive rural seats of Kennedy and Maranoa voted NO. All Brisbane electorates voted YES. Not pictured is the Toowoomba-based seat of Groom, which voted NO
Blaxland, NSW: The seat – which takes in part of Bankstown – had the highest NO vote in the land with 73.9% of the vote
Parramatta (CBD pictured): The electorate voted 61.6% against same sex marriage
Maranoa, QLD: The seat which took in the town of Roma (pictured) in rural Queensland voted 56% No
The country as a whole voted 61.6% in favour of gay marriage, and 34% against it, Australian Bureau of Statistics boss David Kalisch announced.
Close to four fifths of eligible voters cast their ballots.
A jubilant Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Parliament needs to ‘get on with it’ pass the same sex marriage bill by Christmas.
No campaign spokesman Lyle Shelton said he was disappointed, but will respect the result.
‘We will now do what we can to guard against restrictions on freedom of speech and freedom of religion, to defend parents’ rights, and to protect Australian kids from being exposed to radical LGBTIQ sex and gender education in the classrooms,’ he said.
THE TOP 10 SEATS THAT VOTED YES
1. MELBOURNE, VIC – 84% YES
2. SYDNEY, NSW – 84% YES
3. MELBOURNE PORTS, VIC – 82% YES
4. WENTWORTH, NSW – 81% YES
5. GRAYNDLER, NSW – 80% YES
6. BRISBANE, QLD – 80% YES
7. HIGGINS, VIC– 78% YES
8. GRIFFITH, QLD – 77% YES
9. GOLDSTEIN, VIC – 76% YES
10. WARRINGAH, NSW – 75% YES
11. NEWCASTLE, NSW – 75% YES
12. CANBERRA, ACT – 74% YES
13. FENNER, ACT – 74% YES
14. DENISON, TAS – 74% YES
15. KOOYONG, VIC – 74% YES
16. JAGAJAGA, VIC – 74% YES
17. RYAN, QLD – 73% YES
18. CURTIN, WA – 72% YES
19. DUNKLEY, VIC – 72% YES
20. NORTH SYDNEY, NSW – 72% YES
THE TOP 10 SEATS THAT VOTED NO
1. BLAXLAND, NSW – 74% NO
2. WATSON, NSW – 70% NO
3. McMAHON, NSW – 65% NO
4. WERRIWA, NSW – 64% NO
5. FOWLER, NSW – 64% NO
6. PARRAMATTA, NSW – 62% NO
7. CHIFLEY, NSW – 59% NO
8. CALWELL, VIC – 57% NO
9. BARTON, NSW – 56% NO
10. MARANOA, QLD – 56% NO
11. BANKS, NSW – 55% NO
12. GREENWAY, NSW – 54% NO
13. KENNEDY, QLD – 53% NO
14. BRUCE, VIC – 53% NO
15. MITCHELL, NSW – 51% NO
16. GROOM, QLD – 51% NO
17. BENNELONG, NSW – 50.2% NO
18. HOLT, VIC – 49% NO
19. HINKLER, QLD – 49% NO
20. FLYNN, QLD – 49% NO
A full list of electorate results is available here.