YES WINS: Australia has voted to legalise same-sex marriage despite electorates like the Maranoa voting against the reform.
YES WINS: Australia has voted to legalise same-sex marriage despite electorates like the Maranoa voting against the reform. Contributed

Vote's a 'no' from us

LOVE was in the air across most of the nation on Wednesday - though much of the Maranoa might have felt slightly less taken by celebrations.

Close to eight million people across Australia voted 'yes' in the same-sex marriage survey, with the 'yes' camp's 61.6 per cent smashing the 38.4 per cent on the 'no' side.

Closer to home, Maranoa had the highest percentage of 'no' votes anywhere in Queensland.

From Stanthorpe in the south, Winton in the north and Charleville to the west, Maranoa recorded a no vote of 56.1 per cent, with 80,783 people in the electorate participating in the survey.

The federal electorates of neighbouring Groom and Kennedy in North Queens- land the only other regions to favour the 'no' vote.

Despite the resounding 'yes' vote across Australia, Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud was unperturbed, suggesting he'll stick to his guns by voting with his electorate.

"While Maranoa didn't return the highest 'no' vote in Australia, survey results revealed 56.1 per cent of Maranoa voted no and I will use my vote according to my electorate's wishes,” Mr Littleproud said.

Mr Littleproud's personal decision was to vote 'no' but he has always said he'd listen to Maranoa and vote according to the majority.

"In Maranoa, I believe the debate was respectful and considerate and, in my electorate, 78.2 per cent of eligible voters returned their survey compared to the Queensland participate rate of 77.9 per cent,” he said.

"Regardless of the result, we stick together in the bush. If there's a flood or fire - no matter your background or lifestyle, we're all standing side-by-side,” he said.

"Australians have spoken and resolved the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry. I'll play a constructive role to make sure it meets society's expectations.

"Concerns about the protection of religious freedoms were consistently raised with me so, as the Maranoa MP, I will make sure my electorate's strong voice will form part of this further debate.”

Across Australia, 17 of the 150 electorates recorded a no majority, with most of those falling in NSW.

The lowest 'yes' vote at 26.1 per cent came in the NSW electorate of Blaxland.

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