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Australia votes 'yes' to allow same-sex marriage

Australia votes 'yes' to allow same-sex marriage

Australian same-sex couples could wed by Christmas following the country overwhelmingly voting in favor of changing federal marriage laws.

Of Australians eligible to cast a ballot in the postal survey, 61.6 percent said "yes" to amending the definition of marriage whereas 38.4 percent responded "no," according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Turnout for the voluntary poll, an anomaly for Australian politics which usually compels participation, was 79.5 percent, with 12,727,920 votes cast nationwide.

Despite the resounding result, Australia's Marriage Act will not automatically be modified.

This is an overwhelming call for marriage equality," Turnbull tweeted Wednesday.

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