Australia gay marriage referendum: Public votes ‘Yes’

DW – November 14, 2017

Results of a two-month nationwide survey show a majority of the public supports lifting a ban on same-sex marriage. The result is set to intensify a divisive debate about how to enshrine marriage equality into law.

Australians voted “Yes” to a controversial national survey on whether to allow same-sex marriage, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) announced late on Tuesday.

The results, which showed 61.6 percent of voters are in favor of a change in the law versus 38.4 percent opposed, were released at 10.00 a.m. local time (23.00 UTC), and came after more than a decade of wrangling over whether to follow almost every developed country in overturning a ban on gay marriage.

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