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

03:16  15 november  2017
03:16  15 november  2017 Source:   Reuters

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15, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia . Australians have voted for marriage laws to be changed to allow same - sex marriage , with the Yes vote defeating No. NBC OUT. Australians Support Same - Sex Marriage in Survey , Paving Way for Legislation .

The majority of Australians support same - sex marriage , a national survey showed on Wednesday, paving the way for legislation to make the country the 26th nation to formalize the unions by the end of the year.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15: The Golden Princess arrives in Sydney Harbour flying the rainbow flag in support of marriage equality on November 15, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. Australians will find out the result of the recent Marriage Law Postal Survey today, which asked all Australians whether the law should be changed to allow same-sex marriage. © Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15: The Golden Princess arrives in Sydney Harbour flying the rainbow flag in support of marriage equality on November 15, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. Australians will find out the result of the recent Marriage Law Postal Survey today, which asked all Australians whether the law should be changed to allow same-sex marriage. The majority of Australians support the country becoming the 26th nation to legalise same-sex marriage, the results of a survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed on Wednesday.

More than three quarters of the country's eligible voters took part in the non-compulsory survey. The poll is non-binding but the government has pledged to put a proposal to parliament if voters were in favour of same-sex marriage.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics said 61.6 percent of voters cast their ballots in support of same-sex marriage, with 38.4 percent opposing.

(Reporting By Colin Packham and Jane Wardell; Editing by Michael Perry)

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