Australia says yes to same-sex marriage in historic postal survey

Nov 15, 2017

By Paul Karp

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 in 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. Australia’s chief statistician, David Kalisch, announced the results at a press conference in Canberra at 10am on Wednesday, 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”.

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2 comments on “Australia says yes to same-sex marriage in historic postal survey

  • crookedshoes #1
    Nov 16, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Can you just hear Trump’s boisterous horseshit about a “vote by mailman”? Holy crap, it’s almost worth doing just to get his head to explode.

    I’ve been using a postal vote in ALL English elections for years!

    Of course this does preclude, tricky politicians arranging long queues at undermanned polling stations, to discourage voters from voting!

    Still, I suppose Trump supporters might need assistance in writing an X on a form, or to have someone literate READ the names of the candidates to them! 🙂

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