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Australians to vote on legalising gay marriage in controversial ballot

Australians to vote on legalising gay marriage in controversial ballot”

Carrying vibrant posters and calling for marriage equality, the marchers packed the streets of central Sydney and Brisbane two days before the ballot papers were set to be mailed out to some 15 millions Australians.

The survey asks the public to vote [Guardian report] on whether same-sex marriage should be legalized, and all completed surveys must be sent back to the Australian Bureau of Statistics [official website] by November.

The postal ballot is completely voluntary and the result is not legally binding.

Turnbull added that the Marriage Act could be amended by the end of the year if support for a change is seen in the survey.

If the postal survey finds that most Australians are in favour, Parliament will vote on legislation to lift the prohibition on gay marriage.

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But the government is refusing to release a draft bill until after the people decide whether the parliament will consider any bill.

The poll, conducted between late August and early September, showed that 58.4 percent of those surveyed supported a "yes" vote, down six percentage points from just two weeks earlier. "We can win this thing!"

"We've got one last mountain to climb before we make marriage equality a reality".

"FFA is a founding member of Pride in Sport and supports its charter including marriage equality", an FFA spokesperson said.

The 70% support rate is from those who have described themselves as "certain to vote" in the campaign.

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"No" campaign supporters, including hundreds who rallied in Sydney on Saturday, argue that changing marriage laws would infringe on religious freedom and children's rights.

Thousands of Australians favoring the change, many dressed in rainbow colors, rallied across the country on Sunday.

Advocates also expressed fears the vote could expose Australia's gay, lesbian and transgender community to harm.They are demanding lawmakers hold a simple up-or-down vote.

The postal vote will close on 7 November, with the result known later that month.

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