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How the sporting world responded to the same-sex marriage yes victory

Australia has voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage by a margin of 61.6 per cent to 38.4 per cent, a landslide victory for the marriage equality campaign.

As the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced the "yes" victory, celebrations kicked off around the country.

And many of the nation's sports stars joined the celebration and expressed their support on social media.


Cross-code star Erin Phillips, who plays basketball and AFL, was among those stars celebrating the win. She married her wife Tracy, who is American, in the US. The couple has twins and when asked by media earlier this year what Tracy's last name was, responded "Phillips. She's my wife."

"Every bit of this is owed to you," she publicly declared to Tracy when she was awarded the best-and-fairest award for the inaugural AFLW season. "I love you and thank you so much."

On Wednesday, she reiterated the importance of the yes vote to her and her family.

Earlier this year, Australian tennis star Casey Dellacqua spoke about marriage equality, calling out Margaret Court for her vocal opposition to same-sex marriage.

"Honestly, since I've had my family, I've been asked to do lots of stories but, to me, I don't feel like it's a story because it's just my family and I'm just like your family," she said. Dellacqua has two young children with her partner Amanda Judd.

"It's just a real situation where it's just about being loved – giving and loving," she said in June.

The AFL, NRL and Football Federation Australia were among those celebrating the "yes" win on Wednesday.

The governing bodies of Australia's five major sporting codes – AFL, NRL, Cricket Australia, ARU and the FFA – had all publicly backed the "yes" campaign previously and as reported by Fairfax Media this week, had the backing of the majority of their fans, according to the results of a Monash University-YouGov survey.

Many clubs and organisations, from AFL to cricket, also spoke out in support and celebration at the victory for the yes campaign.