Australia celebrates after majority vote 'yes' in national same-sex marriage survey

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      After years of same-sex marriage bills failing to pass into law, marriage-equality supporters in Australia broke into celebrations today (November 14) as the country took a significant step towards legalizing same-sex marriage.

      The results of a two-month national postal survey on same-sex marriage in Australia were announced today in Canberra.

      The Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that 61 percent of the population voted to legalize same-sex marriage while 38 percent voted against it.

      Over 12.5 million Australians, or 79.5 percent of the country, participated in the survey.

      The results of the survey mean that a same-sex marriage bill will be considered in parliament. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull promises marriage equality should be law by Christmas.

      Same-sex marriage had been banned in Australia since 2004 when marriage was redefined in the Marriage Act as between a man and a woman.

      New Zealand's parliament voted to legalize same-sex marriage in 2013, resulting in the gallery singing a traditional Maori love song.

      Canada legalized same-sex marriage in 2005.