Same-sex survey results revealed here

Katrina Barker
November 15, 2017

The official count of Australia's gay marriage survey have 61 per cent voting "Yes" that same-sex couples should be able to marry by Christmas.

Before announcing the postal survey, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull pledged that if the result in the postal survey was a yes, then he'd seek to introduce legislation to legalise same-sex marriage by Christmas.

The result is expected to mirror a myriad of opinion polls pointing to a win for the "yes" campaign, possibly as high as 60 per cent.

This would lead to a parliamentary debate and a vote to determine the legalisation of same-sex marriage.

The result will be revealed at 10am AEDT, live from the Australian Bureau of Statistics in Canberra. Newspoll results published yesterday saw the Yes vote climb to 63 per cent.

As many comparable countries such as the USA and Britain allowed or legislated for same-sex marriage, Australia looked increasingly out of step. Given the combination of moderate Liberals, Labor and the Greens in the Senate, it's unlikely any conservative amendments would succeed.

A second private bill, containing more protections for religious protections and conscientious objection, is being pushed by conservative coalition MPs, many of whom campaigned for a "no" vote.

"It think it indicates what modern Australia is", he told Sky News.

"I'm sure you will all applaud the authenticity and the passion that will come into the different views", Mr Turnbull said.

But marriage equality advocates have slammed any moves to imposed new conditions on the LGBTQ community.

We're less than an hour out from learning the result of the same-sex marriage survey and campaign events are getting under way.

"If the Australian people do vote yes, they're not going to look kindly on the same group of people who have urged a 'no" vote not accepting the outcome and trying to delay further, ' she said.

"A yes vote can not and should not and must not become a moment where others try to unravel existing anti-discrimination law", he said.

The proposal has already been rejected by Turnbull, who said yesterday while still overseas that "I don't believe Australians would welcome, and certainly the government ... would not countenance making legal, discrimination that is illegal, that is unlawful today".

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