REUTERS/Steven Saphore A supporter of the "Yes" vote holds a colourful flag as he celebrates after it was announced the majority of Australians support same-sex marriage in a national survey, paving the way for legislation to make the country the 26th nation to formalise the unions by the end of the year, at a rally in central Sydney, Australia, November 15, 2017. Celebrities around the world including Billy Eichner, Portia de Rossi, Kylie Minogue and even Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted their support of the vote in Australia.
The postal vote saw an overwhelming result in favour of marriage equality.
Nearly 62 per cent of the 12.7 million people who participated in the two-month postal survey voted in favour of allowing gay marriage, the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced at a press conference in Canberra.
Turnbull's conservative government said it planned to debate a bill creating marriage equality in Parliament before Christmas.
On the strength of the "yes" vote, conservatives dropped a plan for a competing bill that would have allowed private businesses to refuse services like wedding cakes for same-sex weddings by objecting on religious grounds.
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A marriage equality bill was introduced into parliament later on Wednesday.
Some Coalition members also want specific laws to protect those with "traditional" views on marriage from discrimination and vilification laws.
This morning's result was a historic accomplishment for proponents of marriage equality after more than a decade of political wrangling and two months of voting, which highlighted deep divisions in Australian society over the issue.
She has said the result will be a new hope for marriage equality campaigners, and called on Northern Ireland to be the next to vote in favour of marriage equality.
"We promise our supporters that no matter the result, we will continue to work to defend Australian families", he said. "The polls said that Brexit wouldn't happen, the polls said that Hillary would win and I sort of thought this felt like Australia's time to show everyone that we're backward too", Winter was quoted by The Associated Press as saying.