Australians vote to legalise same sex marriage in historic move towards equality

Australians have come out in favour of same sex marriages in a historic national poll that paves the way for same sex unions across the country.

The survey, while non-binding, is a significant step towards achieving marriage equality.

Some 61.6 per cent of the electorate backed gay marriage, against 38.4 per cent who opposed the move, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said.

A change in the law would make Australia the 26th nation to legalise same-sex marriage.

Responding, Australia’s Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, said the result was “overwhelming” and “unequivocal” and said he hoped to legalise same sex unions before the

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