Australians have given same-sex marriage their approval with a 61.6 per cent ‘yes’ vote in a voluntary survey.
A majority ‘yes’ vote was recorded in 133 of the 150 federal electorates across the country, the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced in Canberra on Wednesday.
Every state and territory recorded a majority ‘yes’ result.
More than 12.7 million people – nearly 80 per cent of eligible voters – took part in the survey.
Of those, 7.8 million voted ‘yes’ and 4.9 million said ‘no’.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull spoke briefly about the return of the vote and has committed to making sure that the necessary legislation is put through parliament before the end of the year.
He acknowledged that there are a minority who voted no, but reiterated that Australia is a fair nation and everyone had an opportunity to have their say and the ýes vote was the democratic decision.
Mr Turnbull said whatever Australians views are, we must as a nation respect the decision.