Australians were dancing in the streets today after it was revealed the country voted “yes” to legalizing same-sex marriage after a controversial two-month national postal survey.
Results released this afternoon revealed 61% of the population voted to allow same-sex marriage, 38% voted against.
According to CNN:
More than 12.7 million people across the country, or 79.5% of the population, took part in the survey with every state and territory returning majority “yes.”
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the “overwhelming” result meant his government would aim to change the law in parliament before Christmas.
“[Australians] have spoken in their millions and they have voted overwhelmingly yes for marriage equality,” he said after the result was announced.
“They voted yes for fairness, yes for commitment, yes for love. And now it is up to us here in the parliament of Australia to get on with it.”
Celebrations, singing and tears greeted the announcement in Melbourne, Australia, where hundreds of people had gathered to hear the result. Reactions, below.
🎉 THANK YOU 🎉
This all happened because of you.
We did this together. pic.twitter.com/4vWuIj9bpB
— AU Marriage Equality (@AMEquality) November 14, 2017
The people of Australia have spoken and I intend to make their wish the law of the land by Christmas. This is an overwhelming call for marriage equality. pic.twitter.com/PWZbH5H71r
— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) November 14, 2017
— Michael McGowan (@mmcgowan569) November 14, 2017
— Melissa Davey (@MelissaLDavey) November 14, 2017
— sia (@Sia) November 14, 2017
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