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Australia Votes in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

Australia Same sex marriageAustralia’s population voted in overwhelmingly in favor of same-sex marriage following a two-month poll. (Shutterstock.com)

One up for all those Down Under. Australia’s population voted in overwhelmingly in favor of same-sex marriage following a two-month poll that put the country’s typically conservative policies in the hot seat.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics released the results on Wednesday, November 15, starting with the key finding that 61 percent of the pool voted in favor of same-sex marriage.

Nearly 80 percent of Australia’s population—close to 13 million people—partook in the vote. Thirty-eight percent voted against the legalization of same-sex marriage.

According to CNN, resounding celebration took place in Melbourne as the announcement was made. Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reacted to the news in a press conference with reporters shortly after the announcement was made. “They voted ‘yes’ for fairness, they voted ‘yes’ for commitment, they voted ‘yes’ for love,” Turnbull said. “And now it is up to us here in the Parliament of Australia to get on with it.”

Many celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres, Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus, Zach Braff, and more chimed in on the vote, praising the country’s population for letting their voice be heard.

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.