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‘I bloody love you, Australia’

A JUBILANT but relieved Magda Szubanski has reached out to the 38 per cent of Australians who voted No, proclaiming "I'll still be funny for you".

Speaking to news.com.au from the heart of the Yes campaign's celebrations in Sydney's Prince Alfred Park, Szubanski was all smiles, taking selfies and dancing with the crowds.

Szubanski - one of the Yes campaign's most high profile voices - fought hard for marriage equality throughout the campaign, appearing on the Today show, The Project and Q&A.

She was often emotional as she spoke about Australia's reluctance to move forward with legalising same-sex marriages.

Those emotions didn't last long.

"I bloody love you, Australia," she exclaimed after it was revealed 61.6 per cent of Aussies had said Yes.

She was doubtful, though, that the hardcore No voters would ever be won over.

"I'm sorry they feel that way but we've had the debate and the discussion," she said.

"However, those people who are soft No voters, I think a lot of them are people who maybe haven't had time to think about it, so they tend to go for the status quo."

She said she held no grudge.

"I'm not going to give you a hard time, we can all get along."

When asked what her message was to No voters, Szubanski referenced a controversial possible same-sex marriage bill which could allow shops to refuse to serve gay couples.

"I would never treat anyone who voted No with less respect, I would never not serve them or not be funny for them. I'll still be funny for you."

Today we took a step closer to change as 61.6 per cent vote in favour of same-sex marriage.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott made a promise, minutes after the result was announced, to deliver on marriage equality before Christmas.

"They have spoken in their millions and they have voted overwhelmingly yes for marriage equality. They voted yes for fairness, yes for commitment, yes for love," he said.

"And now it is up to us here in the parliament of Australia to get on with it, to get on with the job the Australian people have tasked asked to do and get this done.

"We asked them for their opinion and they have given it to us. It is unequivocal, it is overwhelming. It is our job now to get on with it ... It is fair. The people have voted yes for marriage equality. Now it is our job to deliver it."

Tiernan Brady, the head of the Equality Campaign, the main backers of a Yes outcome, said many No voters were just yet to be persuaded of the merits of same-sex marriage.

"We reach out a hand of friendship to everyone who ticked No and we say this is your country too."

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