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Marriage Equality

Australians say 'yes' to same-sex marriage

More than 12.7 million Australians participated in a voluntary postal survey asking if they support or oppose same-sex marriage, and a majority voted in favor of it, the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced Wednesday.

Of the votes cast, 61.6 percent were in support of same-sex marriage and 38.4 percent were opposed. Politicians are expected to start talking about a bill to legalize same-sex marriage as early as this week. "It is unequivocal, it is overwhelming," Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said of the result. "They have spoken in their millions and they have voted overwhelmingly yes for marriage equality. They vote yes for fairness, yes for commitment, yes for love."