Australian Survey Says ‘Yes’ To Same-Sex Marriage
A nationwide survey on the legalization of same-sex marriage in Australia came back with sweeping support last week, ending a monthslong campaign for equality that has stoked widespread anxiety in the country’s LGBTQ community. The issue will now go to the Australian Parliament. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has promised an official vote to legalize marriage equality by the end of the year.
In the survey, 61.6 percent of Australians voted yes and 38.4 percent voted no. More than 12.7 million people responded to the voluntary postal survey, a nationwide response rate of nearly 80 percent.
“They voted yes to fairness. They voted yes to commitment. They voted yes to love,” Turnbull said at a press conference in Canberra following the vote. “It is up to us, here in the Parliament in Australia to get on with it … This was an unprecedented exercise in democracy.”
Most members of the Australian parliament ― some 70 percent in both houses ― have said they will vote yes on a same-sex marriage vote were the results from the survey to come back with a “yes,” according to a survey from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
If passed, Australia will become the 26th country to legalize same-sex marriage.