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Australians have got given same-sex marriage a resounding “yes,” in a historic nationwide poll, with nearly 62 percent of registered voters approving the measure.

Although the mail-in poll is non-binding, it nevertheless means that Parliament will consider ensconcing the popular sentiment as legislation – a bill to do that was introduced in the Senate later Wednesday after the effects of the poll became known.

Australians “have spoken within their millions and they have got voted overwhelmingly yes for matrimony equality,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said following announcement of outcomes. “They voted yes for fairness, yes for dedication, yes for love.”

The Sydney Morning hours Herald reports: “In Sydney, thousands gathered in Prince Alfred Recreation area on Wednesday morning to listen to their country’s response to a permission various believed they shouldn’t have been forced to get.”

When the outcomes were announced, the newspaper says, “The masses jumped with ecstasy, and pain relief. Rainbow flags blurred with the sky with a frenzy. Couples grasped each other in long embraces, tears streaming down their cheeks.”

Tanna Wintertime, 30, was having a celebratory beer in the administrative centre, Canberra, where the “yes” vote was strongest. “The polls explained that Brexit wouldn’t happen, the polls explained that Hillary would succeed and I type of thought this felt like Australia’s time showing everyone that we’re backward too,” Wintertime was quoted by The Associated Press as declaring.

Turnbull’s conservative government said it again planned to debate a bill creating matrimony equality in Parliament before Christmas.

As NPR’s Costs Chappell wrote in August, “During last year’s election, Turnbull had vowed to allow people decide the issue; his Labor Party opponent got promised to present same-sex matrimony legislation in Parliament.”

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