Turnbull returns for gay marriage result

Joe Spagnolo believes many people have had enough of the same-sex marriage debate

Labor Senator Penny Wong says if the same-sex marriage survey returns a No result, then Labor would aim to legislate for marriage equality.

Cabinet minister Matt Canavan argues the survey result, whichever way it goes, should not be seen as affirmation or rejection of the Smith bill.

The result of the ballot seems clear, with the Yes campaign consistently polling between 55% and 66%.

Australia is the second country to hold a popular vote on the reform after Ireland, which backed same-sex marriage through a constitutionally required vote in 2015.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull returned from the ASEAN summit in the Philippines for the result on Wednesday morning.

Today Australia learns the answer to the $122 million dollar question - does the Australian public want same sex couples to have the right to marry? As projected, there was very strong support for legalizing marriage for same-sex couples, with 61.6 percent calling for it to be legalized and 38.4 percent percent opposing it.

If the vote is "no", the motion will be dismissed and Smith will table his bill.

But marriage equality advocates have slammed any moves to imposed new conditions on the LGBTQ community. It would ensure that religious ministers and organizations do not have to administer same-sex weddings, but the religious exemptions end there.




And it seems the idea is popular with the Australian public.

Paterson's bill allows refusal of wedding services from both religious and secular parties.

Kalisch said that with a majority of people in all ages groups and across all elections taking part in the exercise Australians could look at the results of the survey as a high participation result and consistent result.

The poll also found that, even among supporters of equal marriage, 39% agreed with the proposition.

Skywriting above Sydney's CBD during the same-sex marriage campaign.

But it should be a prescient warning to LGBT Australians and their allies that while headlines in the coming weeks may be affirmative, the small-print could be less clear cut.

Mr Turnbull has previously said same-sex marriage would legalised by Christmas if Australians voted Yes and expected the legislation to "sail through parliament".

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