The outcome of Australia’s Marriage Law Postal Survey shows that 61.6 percent of Australian voters who participated in the survey endorse marriage equality with a total 12,727,920 (79.5%) eligible Australians voting. Since the results of the postal survey are non-binding, it is now up to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s government and the Australian Parliament to enact legislation ensuring marriage equality becomes a reality.
Parliament now has until it breaks in December to amend the Marriage Act 1961 (Cth).
The Act currently defines marriage as:
the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.
The voluntary postal survey was held between September 12 and November 7, with the results announced today. The postal survey came after years of stalled efforts to bring marriage equality to Australia. After the country’s governing party refused to allow a conscience vote on the issue in parliament, it took the controversial step to introduce this expensive, voluntary postal survey in an attempt to settle the issue. The survey was widely criticized for once again delaying the arrival of marriage equality, but today’s results are clear proof that the majority of Australians want marriage equality to become the law of the land.