Australians have voted in favour of new same sex marriage laws.
Australia has voted in favour of same-sex marriage
The postal vote saw an overwhelming result in favour of marriage equality - writes buzz.ie.
The results were announced at the Australian Bureau of Statistics last night.
Over 61% people voted in favour of the new legistlation which could be passed through parliament before Christmas,.
16 million out of a possible 24 million people voted in the election, making the turnout 79.5%; a higher turnout that both the US presidential election and the UK's Brexit referendum.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Tweeted last night that he would endeavour to push the legislation through parliament as soon as possible.
He told reporters after the result had been announced:
"Australians have voted yes for fairness, they have voted yes for commitment, they have voted yes for love.
"Now it's up to us here in the Parliament of Australia to get on with it, to get on with the job the people have asked us to do and get it done this year, before Christmas.
"That must be our commitment."
The postal vote saw12 ,727,920 participants, including Australians living overseas.
Ireland was the first country to legalise marriage equality by popular vote in 2015.
Marriage equality campaigner and TD, Katherine Zappone , tweeted abut the Australian vote:
She has said the result will be a new hope for marriage equality campaigners, and called on Northern Ireland to be the next to vote in favour of marriage equality.
"Australia enjoy this moment - its yours.....you have given hope to all who believe in equality," she added.
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