Celebs celebrate Australia gay marriage result

Nearly 80 percent of the Australian population participated in the voluntary postal survey, which asked, "Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?"

Australians have voted in favour of new same sex marriage laws.

"After all of this, if we end up with the Senate voting for marriage equality and the Reps voting for a different form of marriage equality and nothing happening as a result, I don't think the Australian people would be in a forgiving mood". Thousands of same-sex marriage supporters celebrated the "Yes" result by waving rainbow flags and hugging each other at mass gatherings organised across the nation. Smith has drafted the prime minister's referred bill that could legalize same-sex marriage this year.

"Australians have voted yes for fairness, they have voted yes for commitment, they have voted yes for love. And now it is up to us here in the parliament of Australia to get on with it, to get on with the job the Australian people asked us to do and get this done", Turnbull said.

More than 16 million surveys were sent out across Australia by the ABS, allowing people to have their say in the postal plebiscite. "They have spoken in their millions and they have voted overwhelmingly yes for marriage equality", Turnbull told reporters in Canberra after the survey results were announced. Same-sex marriage legislation came into force there in 2006.

A survey of federal politicians by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation published yesterday found that 72 per cent of the lower House of Representatives would support changes to marriage laws and in the Senate, 69 per cent would approve the changes.

"We promise our supporters that no matter the result, we will continue to work to defend Australian families", he said. If you're anxious about religious freedom, and freedom of speech, vote no.

On the strength of the "yes" vote, conservatives dropped a plan for a competing bill that would have allowed private businesses to refuse services like wedding cakes for same-sex weddings by objecting on religious grounds.

  • Jon Douglas