Australia votes to legalize same-sex marriage

Australia votes to legalize same-sex marriage

Australia votes to legalize same-sex marriage

Australians have voted in support of same-sex marriage - and Hollywooders are applauding the decision.

Results released early on Wednesday morning revealed 61% of the population voted to allow same-sex marriage.

A jubilant Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Parliament needs to "get on with it" and pass the same sex marriage bill by Christmas.

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", he said. REUTERS/David Gray Supporters of the "Yes" vote for marriage equality celebrate after it was announced the majority of Australians support same-sex marriage in a national survey, paving the way for legislation to make the country the 26th nation to formalise the unions by the end of the year, at a rally in central Sydney, Australia, November 15, 2017.

The result marks a watershed moment for gay rights in Australia, where it was illegal in some states to engage in homosexual activity until 1997.

Dustin Lance Black, who is married to Tom Daley, wrote: "Thank you Australia". Around three-quarters of the electorate - more than 12.6 million people - took part.

Thousands of'yes supporters packed into Prince Regent Park in Sydney for the announcement
Thousands of'yes supporters packed into Prince Regent Park in Sydney for the announcement

Mark Barry, 59, wiped away tears as he took in the result with his partner of 35 years, Gerrard Boller.

'I very much look forward to that'. The committee called on Australia to legislate for marriage equality regardless of the survey's outcome.

'I look forward to the Yes campaign.to honour their commitment that there would be no negative consequences and to fight to keep the freedoms of Australian people.

Nick Economou, a political scientist at Monash University, said Turnbull "should feel emboldened by the result and this is the sort of thing he has been looking for to show some assertive leadership".

Attorney-General George Brandis said he would support an amendment that allowed civil celebrants - as well as religious celebrants - to refuse to marry same-sex couples.

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