Celebs celebrate Australia gay marriage result

Australians vote 'Yes' on same-sex marriage

After an eight-week plebiscite and more than 12.7 million votes cast, Australia have voted Yes to legalise same-sex marriage.

With Australians returning a resounding "yes" vote, federal MPs will begin to debate same-sex marriage legislation in the Senate. "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", Turnbull said.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics said, the non-binding postal vote showed 61.6 per cent of people favour allowing same-sex couples to Wednesday.

But he must first battle hardline elements within his own ruling coalition who have demanded extensive "religious freedom" exemptions that would roll back discrimination laws.

"It is unequivocal, it is overwhelming".

Senator Brandis told ABC Radio the changes would help "reassure" the millions of Australians who voted no, even if they may not be "legally necessary".

The bill will need the approval of both the Senate and the House of Representatives before it passes into law.




"Australians have voted yes for fairness, they have voted yes for commitment, they have voted yes for love". Elton John, who spoke about the issue numerous times while he recently toured there, thanked Australia for their yes.

'I very much look forward to that'.

Almost 80 per cent of eligible voters took part in the poll, said the chief of the statistics bureau Davis Kalisch, adding: "Australians can have confidence these statistics reflect the view of the eligible population".

The "no" campaign had sought to leverage powerful religious organisations in a survey campaign that was criticised by some in the "yes" camp as divisive and aggressive.

Tony Abbott's electorate has spoken and they do not agree with his stance on same-sex marriage.

Catholic Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher said he was "deeply disappointed that the likely result will be legislation to further deconstruct marriage and family in Australia".

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