Australia votes YES for same-sex marriage

Australians have given a ringing endorsement of legalising same-sex marriage in the Federal Government’s landmark postal survey.

And Victorians and people from the Melbourne electorate have voted substantially above the national average in support gay marriage in the voluntary survey.

The result has prompted the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to ensure that the Marriage Act would be changed before the end of the year to legalise same sex marriage.

The Yes vote triumphed with 61.6 per cent of the vote, while 38.4 per cent voted No.

More than 12,727,920 eligible Australians participated in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.

Despite criticism that the use of the postal system would make the survey inaccessible, an overwhelming 79.5 per cent of Australian voters participated, in what the Chief Statistician, David Kalisch called an “outstanding” turnout.

In Melbourne 84 per cent of voters agreed with marriage equality, with almost 65 per cent of Victorians in favour.

The vote in favour of changing the law had the majority in every state and territory, but was strongest in the Australian Capital Territory.

Women responded in greater numbers than men at 81.6 per cent and 77.3 per cent respectively and 80 per cent of Australians older than 85 voted.

Young voters also turned out in strong numbers with 78 per cent of those aged 18-19 and 72 per cent of those aged 20-24 voting.

But exactly how the Marriage Act will change remains unclear.

Mr Turnbull’s decision to use a private member’s bill means there could be multiple bills put to the parliament, rather than a unified government proposal.

To see a breakdown of the results, explore this interactive map.