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Australia Has Voted In The Same Sex Marriage Survey

15 November 2017
Australia Has Voted In The Same Sex Marriage Survey

The Australian Bureau of Statistics announced the findings of the voluntary $122 million vote at a special hearing in Federal Parliament on Wednesday morning, with a majority of 61.6 per cent in favour of legalising gay marriage.

Australians have voted yes on marriage equality.

Australia has become increasingly isolated among Western nations on same-sex marriage, with Germany, the US and Ireland recently joining countries including the United Kingdom and New Zealand in legalizing unions.

THE moment Australia has been waiting for has finally arrived, with the results of the same-sex marriage survey being released today.

If a no vote is returned, Labor leader Bill Shorten has promised that if elected Labor would legalise same-sex marriage within the first 100 days of the 2019 election. "One where everyone's treated with respect and dignity, where we believe in a society built on commitment and responsibility", he told Sky News.

"I'm sure you will all applaud the authenticity and the passion that will come into the different views", Mr Turnbull said.

"I don't agree with the Prime Minister that this (James Paterson) bill makes activities which are now illegal legal", Nationals Senator Matt Canavan told ABC radio.

Ireland voted for marriage equality in a referendum in 2015. They have flagged the possibility of amendments, potentially cherry-picked from Liberal senator James Paterson's rival bill, which would give wide-ranging exemptions and wind back existing anti-discrimination laws.

A private member's Bill co-sponsored by WA Liberal senator Dean Smith, Labor, Greens and crossbench senators will be introduced into the Senate today in what is expected to be the foundation for changes to the Marriage Act.

"If the Australian people do vote yes, they're not going to look kindly on the same group of people who have urged a 'no" vote not accepting the outcome and trying to delay further, ' she said.

The prime minister has said he'll urge his lawmakers to pass legislation by the end of the year if results due November 15 show a majority support change.

The postal survey result "will certainly encourage the prime minister and the position he's taken as a strong advocate for yes in his ongoing battle with the conservative wing of his party", said Haydon Manning, a political analyst at Flinders University in Adelaide.