Australians support same-sex marriage in survey, paving way for legislation

Australians support same-sex marriage in survey, paving way for legislation

Kerry Wise
November 16, 2017

Thousands of marriage equality supporters erupted into celebrations at rallies in major cities across Australia when the result was announced.

From Kylie Minogue and Sia, to Danni Minogue and Troye Sivan, we've rounded up a selection of the reactions below. Turnbull, a vocal advocate of marriage equality, called on lawmakers to heed the "overwhelming" result and to commit to legislate for gay marriage before Christmas. Marriage equality legislation marks just the beginning in the fight for justice for all LGBTQ citizens of Australia and of the world, and some LGBTQ activists initially feared the campaign to cast votes for same-sex marriage would prompt a harshly negative response from conservatives. "And you can be sure we'll hold them to that - we expect a timely vote on a fair and simple bill, this year", he said.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics said, the non-binding postal vote showed 61.6 per cent of people favour allowing same-sex couples to Wednesday.

Senator Brandis told ABC Radio the changes would help "reassure" the millions of Australians who voted no, even if they may not be "legally necessary".

More than 12.7 million people took part in the eight-week poll. Same-sex marriage legislation came into force there in 2006.

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Some Coalition members also want specific laws to protect those with "traditional" views on marriage from discrimination and vilification laws. "Parliament still has to pass Australia's unequivocal mandate for equality into law".

This morning's result was a historic accomplishment for proponents of marriage equality after more than a decade of political wrangling and two months of voting, which highlighted deep divisions in Australian society over the issue.

Conservative opponents vowed before this morning's result was announced to pursue their campaign for exemptions from the eventual legalisation of gay marriage, which they say will lead to attacks on their freedoms of speech and religion.

Catholic Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher said he was "deeply disappointed that the likely result will be legislation to further deconstruct marriage and family in Australia".