Australians decisively support same-sex marriage

Australians have voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage in a historic non-binding poll.

The vote showed 61.6% of people favour allowing same-sex couples to wed, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said.

More than 12.7 million people – about 79.5% of eligible voters – took part in the eight-week postal survey.

PM Malcolm Turnbull has previously said that a Yes vote could lead to the law being changed in parliament this year.

However, his government is divided over what a parliamentary bill should include.

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