Australia votes in favour of same-sex marriage

Australians have voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage by 61.6% to 38.4% in a non-binding survey, the country's Bureau of Statistics has said.

The postal survey saw 16 million registered voters among Australia's population of 24 million asked for their views on overturning the prohibition.

With a turnout of 79.5%, the vote had a bigger turnout than the Brexit referendum and US presidential election.

As the majority voted in favour, the parliament will vote by December on legislation to lift the prohibition.


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