'Yes' voters have erupted in celebrations across Australia after the postal survey returned results of 61.6 per cent in favour of legalising same-sex marriage

Marriage equality supporters gather for same-sex results

Same-sex marriage supporters have gathered across Australia for the landmark announcement of the same-sex marriage postal survey results.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics announced the findings of the voluntary vote at a special hearing in Federal Parliament on Wednesday morning, with a majority of 61.6 per cent in favour of legalising gay marriage.

Thousands of ‘Yes’ advocates have erupted in celebration at the designated areas throughout the country, including the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne and Prince Alfred Park in Sydney.

Emotional embraces, tears of joy and an overwhelming message of equality has washed over the nation after months of debate, abuse and pain.

The ‘Yes’ campaign received 7,817,247 votes compared to 4,873,987 ‘No’ votes, a significant victory for the campaign.

The returned ballots amounted for 79.5 per cent of the population, a strong response from the public to the controversial $122 million postal vote.

The onus will now be on politicians to pass a bill in parliament to legalise same-sex marriage, allowing Australia to join a host of other countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Sweden and Canada who have already changed their marriage laws.

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'Yes' voters have erupted in celebrations across Australia after the postal survey returned results of 61.6 per cent in favour of legalising same-sex marriage

‘Yes’ voters have erupted in celebrations across Australia after the postal survey returned results of 61.6 per cent in favour of legalising same-sex marriage

The 'Yes' campaign received 7,817,247 votes compared to 4,873,987 'No' votes, a significant victory for the campaign

The ‘Yes’ campaign received 7,817,247 votes compared to 4,873,987 ‘No’ votes, a significant victory for the campaign

Emotional embraces, tears of joy and an overwhelming message of equality has washed over the nation after months of debate, abuse and pain

Emotional embraces, tears of joy and an overwhelming message of equality has washed over the nation after months of debate, abuse and pain

Same-sex marriage supporters have gathered across Australia for the landmark announcement of the same-sex marriage postal survey results

Same-sex marriage supporters have gathered across Australia for the landmark announcement of the same-sex marriage postal survey results

Rainbow-coloured mohawks, men in wedding dresses and hundreds of same-sex rights flags have been spotted as the equality crusaders flocked to public areas for the announcement

Rainbow-coloured mohawks, men in wedding dresses and hundreds of same-sex rights flags have been spotted as the equality crusaders flocked to public areas for the announcement

Australian Bureau of Statistics boss David Kalisch revealed the result to parliament in Canberra on Wednesday, prompting widespread celebrations as supporters gathered at iconic landmarks across the country.

Rainbow-coloured mohawks, men in wedding dresses and hundreds of same-sex rights flags have been spotted as the equality crusaders flocked to public areas for the announcement.

Billboards, businesses and even cruise liners have been draped in rainbows for the result that was voted by 79.5 per cent of those eligible.

The Australian Capital Territory led the way for the ‘Yes’ campaign, with a monumental 74 per cent in favour of same-sex marriage.

Victoria was second with 64.9 per cent, with Western Australia third at 63.7 per cent.

New South Wales was the only state or territory not to have a 60 per cent or higher majority of ‘Yes’ votes, with 57.8 per cent in favour of legalising gay marriage.

Of the 150 Federal Electoral Divisions, 133 registered a majority ‘Yes’.

Prince Alfred Park celebrations were hosted by high-profile faces of the ‘Yes’ vote, including legendary Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe, actress Magda Szubanski and singer John Paul Young.

City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore was also be attendance at the event that is expected to have well over a thousand attendees.

The Australian Capital Territory led the way for the 'Yes' campaign, with a monumental 74 per cent in favour of same-sex marriage. Victoria were second with 64.9 per cent, with Western Australia third at 63.7 per cent

The Australian Capital Territory led the way for the ‘Yes’ campaign, with a monumental 74 per cent in favour of same-sex marriage. Victoria were second with 64.9 per cent, with Western Australia third at 63.7 per cent

New South Wales was the only state or territory not to have a 60 per cent or higher majority of 'Yes' votes, with 57.8 per cent in favour of legalising gay marriage
New South Wales was the only state or territory not to have a 60 per cent or higher majority of 'Yes' votes, with 57.8 per cent in favour of legalising gay marriage

New South Wales was the only state or territory not to have a 60 per cent or higher majority of ‘Yes’ votes, with 57.8 per cent in favour of legalising gay marriage

The Australian Bureau of Statistics announced the findings of the voluntary vote at a special hearing on Wednesday, with a majority of 61.6 per cent in favour of legalising gay marriage

The Australian Bureau of Statistics announced the findings of the voluntary vote at a special hearing on Wednesday, with a majority of 61.6 per cent in favour of legalising gay marriage

The 'Yes' vote had 7,817,247 total voters compared to 4,873,987, a significant victory for the campaign

The ‘Yes’ vote had 7,817,247 total voters compared to 4,873,987, a significant victory for the campaign

Billboards, businesses and even cruise liners have been draped in rainbows for the result that was voted by 79.5 per cent of those eligible

Billboards, businesses and even cruise liners have been draped in rainbows for the result that was voted by 79.5 per cent of those eligible

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