Australia says yes to same-sex marriage in historic postal survey

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Marriage equality could be legal by Christmas after 61.6% of participants in the voluntary survey approve a change to the law

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Australia has taken a decisive step towards legislating marriage equality by Christmas after 61.6% of voters in an unprecedented national postal survey approved a change to the law to allow couples of the same sex to marry.

The result, announced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday, will lead to consideration of a same-sex marriage bill in parliament with the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, promising marriage equality should be law by Christmas.

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