A SOUTH-WEST couple hopes the yes vote is the first step towards a “happier world”.
Michael Leo and Richard Conheady have been overwhelmed by the groundswell of support from community members.
“It’s pretty heartwarming,” Mr Leo said.
The couple hopes the result will allow young people feel more comfortable coming out about their sexuality.
“It’s not just about marriage equality, it’s more about kids coming out and being accepted and not being bullied,” Mr Leo said.
“A lot of kids go through a lot of torment.”
Mr Leo said the two would be toasting the news with a glass of champagne.
But the real celebration will be on the weekend, when the couple host a celebration at the hotel.
“A few hundred of our closest friends are coming to party with us,” Mr Leo said.
He said the couple watched the live coverage of the results of the survey.
“We’re very happy,” Mr Leo said.
“We’re thankful we now have the choice (to marry) like everyone else.”