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Australian voters say yes to same-sex marriage

Wednesday November 15, 2017. 03:18 AM , from BoingBoing
Australian voters overwhelmingly approved the introduction of same-sex marriage Tuesday, with 62% in agreement and 31% saying no. Nearly 79% of eligible voters mailed in a ballot.

The outcome is a win for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who called a referendum after the country's conservative Senate refused to debate the measure.

The survey was voluntary, unlike Australia's compulsory elections.
Voters were asked to mail back a Yes or No response to the question: 'Should the marriage law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?'
The Yes campaign argued that it was a debate about equality. The No campaign had put the focus on the definition of family, raising concerns about how issues like gender will be taught in schools.
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