"[Australians] have spoken in their millions and they have voted overwhelmingly yes for marriage equality", Turnbull said after the result was revealed. Turnbull, a vocal advocate of marriage equality, called on lawmakers to heed the "overwhelming" result and to commit to legislate for gay marriage before Christmas.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics said, the non-binding postal vote showed 61.6 per cent of people favour allowing same-sex couples to Wednesday.
"We will now do what we can to guard against restrictions on freedom of speech and freedom of religion, to defend parents" rights, and to protect Australian kids from being exposed to radical LGBTIQ sex and gender education in the classrooms, ' he said.
Celebrities, some of whom are from Australia and some of whom aren't, had been encouraging Australians to vote yes, so they were excited about the outcome. "Parliament still has to pass Australia's unequivocal mandate for equality into law". Elton John, who spoke about the issue numerous times while he recently toured there, thanked Australia for their yes.
Close to four fifths of eligible voters cast their ballots, with almost eight million people voting in favour of the historic change.
Irish-born Qantas Airways Chief Executive Alan Joyce, one of the few openly gay business leaders in Australia, told the Sydney crowd, many of whom sheltered from the sun under rainbow umbrellas, that the result was "an fantastic outcome" and urged Turnbull to move quickly on legislation.
Nick Economou, a political scientist at Monash University, said Turnbull "should feel emboldened by the result and this is the sort of thing he has been looking for to show some assertive leadership".
"Today we celebrate, tomorrow we legislate!" he said.
Mr Andrews made the comments while arguing the Smith bill would allow bakers to refuse serving same-sex couples for a wedding if they were against same-sex marriage.
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