Australian PM says Muslims ‘are to blame’ for voting ‘no’

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CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 01: Malcolm Turnbull prepares to deliver his National Press Club address on February 1, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. Prime Minister Turnbull will lay out his 2017 plans as pressure mounts on the Liberal Government over to deliver job opportunities and security to the Australian public. (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)

The Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has attempted to blame Muslims for voting against same-sex marriages being legally recognized in the country. The country is in the process of passing equal marriage through Parliament after a divisive public vote on whether same-sex marriage should be legal.  133 of the 150 federal electorates voted ‘yes’ contrary to just 17 that voted ‘no’. 12 of the seats that voted ‘No’ were in western Sydney, along with three Queensland electorates and two Victorian regions. And Turnbull believes these people were mostly migrants from Muslim countries. “The numbers speak for themselves, and you can see the biggest No votes were in electorates with a large migrant population, and in particular with a large Muslim population, like several of the seats in western Sydney and in Melbourne,” Turnbull says, “In some of those seats you’ve got a very big Muslim community who are very, who are very conservative on issues like this and very little support for same-sex marriage.”

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