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Australian voters support legalization of same-sex marriage – World

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The majority of Australians support legalizing same-sex marriage, the results of a survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show. 

The poll is non-binding but the government pledged to put a proposal to Parliament if voters were in favour of same-sex marriage.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Twitter that people had voted “overwhelmingly yes, for marriage equality.”

“They voted overwhelmingly for fairness, for commitment, for love,” Turnbull said.

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Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten celebrates with the crowd in Melbourne. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he wants to get moving on legislation. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

The prime minister said now it’s time for the Australian Parliament to “get on with it” and get legislation through before Christmas.

According the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 79.5 per cent of those eligible to participate responded to the survey. Of those, 61.6 per cent supported a change to the law, while 38.4 per cent did not.

Thousands of supporters who had gathered in a central Sydney park to mark the result broke into a loud cheer, hugged each other and cried as it was delivered live over a big screen by the country’s chief statistician.

The result boosted the carnival atmosphere, with some people carrying banners declaring “Our love is real” and many sheltering from the hot sun under rainbow umbrellas. Among the crowd were men and women wearing wedding dresses and corsets and sequined suits.

Sen. Eric Abetz, who campaigned for the No vote, appeared on Australia’s ABC News and said he regrets the decision but will respect it.

The result marks a watershed moment for gay rights in Australia, where it was illegal in some states to engage in homosexual activity until 1997.



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