In September, Australians were asked whether they support same-sex marriage being legalized through a postal survey conducted by the federal government. The results are in and 61% voted in favor of marriage equality while 38% voted against. Reportedly, 79.5% of Australia’s 12.7 million population took part.
“The people of Australia have spoken and I intend to make their wish the law of the land by Christmas. This is an overwhelming call for marriage equality,” tweeted Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
All states and territories returned a majority Yes result. In NSW, 58 per cent voted Yes. In Queensland, 61 per cent voted Yes. In South Australia it was 62 per cent, Victoria returned a 65 per cent Yes vote, Western Australia returned a 64 per cent Yes vote and Tasmania returned a 64 per cent Yes vote.
Australians may have voted ‘yes,’ but the story is far from over. It’s now up to Federal Parliament to take the results of the survey and debate any legislation. Turnbull wants same-sex marriage legalized by Christmas.
For more, head over to the Telegraph.