A passionate ‘No’ voter fought back tears as she came to terms with the gay marriage postal survey result on Wednesday.
While devastated at her campaign’s loss to 61.6 per cent of Australian same sex marriage supporters, Marriage Alliance’s Sophie York said she was adamant to ‘keep fighting’.
‘This is a very powerful message to us that we need to keep fighting to keep the freedoms,’ she told reporters.
While ‘grateful’ the public were given a chance to have their opinions heard, Ms York insisted her hard slog was far from over.
‘It’s been a battle but actually today the battle to make sure that the freedoms of all Australians are protected still goes on,’ she said.
‘We’ve seen them eroded overseas – we will not let that happen in Australia.’
Ms York holds on to hope that terms laid out by anti-same sex campaigners will be honoured if gay marriage is legalised.
Anti-gay marriage campaigner Sophie York (pictured) said she was adamant to ‘keep fighting’ for ‘freedoms of all Australians’
While devastated at her campaign’s loss to 61.6 per cent of Australian same sex marriage supporters, Ms York said
‘I look forward to the Yes campaign… to honour their commitment that there would be no negative consequences and to fight to keep the freedoms of Australian people.
‘I very much look forward to that.’
The country as a whole voted 61.6 per cent in favour of gay marriage, and 34 per cent against it, Australian Bureau of Statistics boss David Kalisch announced.
Close to four fifths of eligible voters cast their ballots, with nearly eight million people voting in favour of the historic change.
Ms York holds on to hope that terms laid out by anti-same sex campaigners will be honoured if gay marriage is legalised
A jubilant Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Parliament needs to ‘get on with it’ and 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.