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Australian PM says government aims to legalize same-sex marriage by year-end

Australian PM says government aims to legalize same-sex marriage by year-end

Australian PM says government aims to legalize same-sex marriage by year-end

While devastated at her campaign's loss to 61.6 per cent of Australian same sex marriage supporters, Marriage Alliance's Sophie York said she was adamant to "keep fighting".

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

Debate will get under way in the upper house today to thrash out Liberal Dean Smith's private senator's bill which was introduced to Parliament yesterday. Turnbull, a vocal advocate of marriage equality, called on lawmakers to heed the "overwhelming" result and to commit to legislate for gay marriage before Christmas.

Australian Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe, who came out as gay three years ago, said the result was a huge relief.

"Many Australians voted "No" because they fear a world where they won't be able to live their identity", Senator Smith said.

More than 16 million surveys were sent out across Australia by the ABS, allowing people to have their say in the postal plebiscite.

Australians vote 'Yes' on same-sex marriage
Australian PM says government aims to legalize same-sex marriage by year-end

"They (Australians) have spoken in their millions and they have voted overwhelmingly yes for marriage equality", Turnbull told reporters in Canberra.

Nearly 80 percent of eligible voters took part in the survey - a higher turnout than Britain's Brexit vote and Ireland's same-sex marriage referendum.

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. "Parliament still has to pass Australia's unequivocal mandate for equality into law".

But he must first battle hardline elements within his own ruling coalition who have demanded extensive "religious freedom" exemptions that would roll back discrimination laws.

"Yes" campaigners complained gay people and their families were subjected to hate speech, while "no" supporters argued they were being accused of being bigots for not favouring such unions.

"Obviously I'll be voting no - but in the end this is not about the politicians, it's about the people".

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