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Lonsdale Street in Braddon was a sea of rainbow last night, as thousands of Canberrans gathered to celebrate the results of the same-sex marriage survey.

Locals had an extra reason to celebrate too – with the ACT having the highest YES vote at 74%.

Part of Lonsdale Street was shut down as revellers hugged, cried, cheered, drank and danced at the joyous celebration.

Among them was Labor Senator Penny Wong, who was met with roaring applause as she took to the stage.

“The Australian people have spoken and it’s now time for Parliament to play its part. Let’s have marriage equality by Christmas!”


ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr was also there – thanking those who campaigned for the YES vote.

“Tens of thousands of conversations across this city, hundreds and hundreds of rainbow flags, two rainbow buses, all culminated in this outstanding result,” he said.

“The issue is now firmly back with the Federal Parliament where it should’ve been right from the start, to deliver on what they should’ve delivered on some time ago.”

Changes to the Marriage Act will be debated in Parliament today, with the Prime Minister hoping to have same-sex marriage legalised by Christmas.

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