Australia votes 61.6 percent in favour of same-sex marriage

Marriage equality in Australia could be legal by Christmas after 61.6% of the participants in the voluntary survey approve a change to the law.

On November 15th, Australians took a decisive step towards legislating marriage equality after they voted 61.6 percent in favour of a change in the law to allow people of the same sex to marry. The voluntary survey, which saw a turnout of 79.5 percent, is considered a highly credible reflection of the Australian opinion, reported The Guardian.

Announced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday, the results of the survey will lead to the consideration of a same-sex marriage bill in parliament with the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, promising legislative marriage equality by Christmas. Australia’s chief statistician, David Kalisch, announced the results at a press conference in Canberra, revealing 7,817,247 people voted in favour and 4,873,987 voted against.

At a press conference in Canberra, Turnbull said that Australians had “spoken in their millions and they have voted overwhelmingly yes for marriage equality”.

“They voted yes for fairness, yes for commitment, yes for love. 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 asked us to do and get this done,” he said, stressing the law should change before Christmas.

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