Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

How Ipswich Voted in SSM; Christian Leader Calls for 'Acceptance and Respect' of Opposing Views

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

How Ipswich Voted in SSM; Christian Leader Calls for 'Acceptance and Respect' of Opposing Views

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HELEN

SPELITIS

helen.spelitis@qt.com.au

How we voted

Blair

Yes: 60% (47,194 people)

No: 40% (31,433 people)

Total: 78,627 people voted

Oxley

Yes: 60.3% (44,655 people)

No: 39.7% (29,365 people)

Total: 74,020

Wright

Yes: 56.8% (47,109 people)

No: 43.2% (35,812 people)

Total: 82,921

IPSWICH has unanimously voted for marriage equality.

Across the three electorates which cover Ipswich, more than 235,500 people voted in the voluntarily poll.

Almost 139,000 of those chose "Yes" on their survey form.

The results for Ipswich reflect the mood across the country with 61% of Australians voting to enable same-sex couples to legally marry.

But 40% of Ipswich residents expressed their opposition to the change and in the wake of the poll result, Federal Blair MP Shayne Neumann has called for acceptance and respect.

In Mr Neumann's electorate of Blair, 40% of people voted "No" in the national poll on marriage equality, while 60% said "Yes". …

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