Australians Vote 'Yes' On Gay Marriage

A mock wedding during at a marriage equality rally in Melbourne held during the postal survey

Australians have voted overwhelmingly in favour of legalising same-sex marriage in a historic nationwide poll with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull voicing confidence that the Parliament will give it the force of law before Christmas.

From Kylie Minogue and Sia, to Danni Minogue and Troye Sivan, we've rounded up a selection of the reactions below.

"I look forward to a parliamentary process that improves on the Dean Smith bill to implement same sex marriage with freedom of conscience for all, not just the churches", Abbott said in a statement, referring to conservatives' desire to ensure businesses could not be forced by law to provide services contrary to their religious beliefs.

Supporters of the same-sex marriage "Yes" vote gather to celebrate the announcement in a Sydney park on November 15, 2017.

"Australians have voted yes for fairness, they have voted yes for commitment, they have voted yes for love".

More than 60% of Aussies voted in favour of allowing same-sex couples to Wednesday.

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Senator Brandis told ABC Radio the changes would help "reassure" the millions of Australians who voted no, even if they may not be "legally necessary".

More than 12 million people took part in the government survey and 61.6 percent voted yes, officials announced on Wednesday.

While Smith bill already allows churches to refuse to Wednesday same-sex couples, the Paterson bill would have allowed anyone with a religious or moral objection to refuse to participate in the process - including florists, bakers and musicians. Voting is usually compulsory in Australia.

Conservative opponents vowed before this morning's result was announced to pursue their campaign for exemptions from the eventual legalisation of gay marriage, which they say will lead to attacks on their freedoms of speech and religion.

"We promise our supporters that no matter the result, we will continue to work to defend Australian families", he said.

"I'm very confident that we will get it done".

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