The Results Are in - Australia Votes Yes For Same-Sex Marriage!

The Senate could begin debating changes to the Marriage Act as early as this week if the'Yes vote comes out on top

The Senate could begin debating changes to the Marriage Act as early as this week if the'Yes vote comes out on top

Australian statistician David Kalisch announced the results in the country's capital Canberra, with 7,817,247 of the ballots cast saying yes, compared to 4,873,987 opposed to the idea.

After six weeks of compassion and aggression, Australia's social future will be decided when the Australian Bureau of Statistics returns the results of the government's controversial same-sex marriage survey. When do we get to find out which way Australians voted?

Australians have voted in support of same-sex marriage, paving the way for parliament to legalize gay unions before the end of the year. Buzzfeed Australia reported on Tuesday that one bill in particular, backed by the main "yes" camp organizers and supported by a broad cross-party group of Australian senators, has emerged as the most viable way to change the law.

There are only two weeks of Parliament sitting dates before the Christmas break. But he may have to compete with another bill from conservative Liberal Senator James Paterson that contains provisions such as allowing "conscientious objections" for people who don't wish to cater for gay weddings due to their religious beliefs.

Civil marriage celebrants would also not be allowed to discriminate against same-sex couples.

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The debate on the Smith bill is expected to start on Thursday and carry through to the next parliamentary sitting week, beginning in late November.

In a speech after the result Equality Campaign spokesman, Alex Greenwich, said: "Today love has had a landslide victory".

It also includes exemptions so religious organisations can refuse to conduct same-sex marriages.

"We do not want a dictatorship of the majority in this country".

Turnbull has promised members of his governing coalition a "free" vote, allowing more moderate members to vote with lawmakers in other parties to pass marriage equality. Australians believe in a fair go for all - this Bill goes completely against what people have voted for'.

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