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.

from Boing Boing https://boingboing.net/2017/11/14/australian-voters-say-yes-to-s.html

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