Day for same sex marriage vote: Trent Zimmerman

Trevor Jackson
November 15, 2017

Marriage equality advocates show their support during Australia's same sex marriage postal vote.

Billboards, businesses and even cruise liners have been draped in rainbows for the result that was voted by 79.5 per cent of those eligible.

The non-binding result paves the way for Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull to bring in legislation allowing same-sex marriage.

The high response - Ireland's national referendum on marriage equality had a 60.5% turnout - has many believing it points to a win for the "Yes" campaign.

Debate on the Bill begins tomorrow and resumes when Parliament returns in the last week of this month.

The result paves the way for lawmakers across the ditch to join New Zealand and 23 other nations in legalising same-sex marriage.

The result will be revealed at 10am AEDT, live from the Australian Bureau of Statistics in Canberra.

Australians have voted yes on marriage equality.

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As many comparable countries such as the U.S. and Britain allowed or legislated for same-sex marriage, Australia looked increasingly out of step.

Two Liberal senators have released very different bills: the moderate-backed Dean Smith bill and the James Paterson bill, favoured by conservatives.

If Turnbull has fumbled a basic human rights issue that other comparable countries like New Zealand have already resolved just to appease a conservative but vocal minority faction fronted by ex-PM Tony Abbott, then he will have miscalculated the generosity Australians feel towards his increasingly tenuous government.

Mr Turnbull's decision to use a private member's bill means there could be multiple bills put to the parliament, rather than a unified government proposal.

'Australians voted for equality.

The postal survey, which cost $122 million, was an attempt from the Turnbull government to fulfil its election promise for a plebiscite on the social reform. They didn't vote to license more discrimination and that is what the Paterson bill does'. The ABC asked all MPs how they would vote if a bill for SSM came before the house and on their count the bill would pass.

Wong said the bill that everyone should be discussing is the Smith bill which has cross-party support and is due to be debated in the senate on Thursday should there be a yes result.

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