YES!!! Has won the majority in favour of Marriage Equality
Australians vote 61.6% in favour of legalising same-sex marriage in non-binding poll with 79.5% participation
Australia has taken a decisive step towards legislating marriage equality by Christmas after 61.6% of voters in an unprecedented national postal survey approved a change to the law to allow couples of the same sex to marry.
The result, announced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday, will lead to consideration of a same-sex marriage bill in parliament with the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, promising marriage equality should be law by Christmas.
With a turnout of 79.5%, the result of the voluntary survey is considered a highly credible reflection of Australian opinion and gives marriage equality advocates enormous momentum to achieve the historic social reform.
Turnbull, same-sex marriage supporters in Australia’s ruling Liberal-National Party Coalition, the Labor opposition, Greens and other cross-bench parties have reached a consensus around a cross-party bill that makes minimalist changes to protect religious freedom without legalising discrimination by commercial service providers, such as cake makers, as some conservatives in the Coalition government have demanded.
The bill will be introduced into the Senate on Wednesday for debate on Thursday and the Labor leader, Bill Shorten, has offered the opposition’s support to help “stare down the conservatives seeking to delay marriage equality”.
In a speech after the result Equality Campaign spokesman, Alex Greenwich, said: “Today love has had a landslide victory.”
“Together we have achieved something truly remarkable, a win for fairness and equality, not only for the LGBTI community and our families but for all Australians,” he said.
Greenwich said the campaign had made more than 1m phone calls and knocked 100,000 doors, an “unprecedented” level of support that had exceeded “any campaign in our history”.
After Months of campaigning the result were announced live to millions of Australians by the ABS.