Australians have voted in support of legalizing same-sex marriage in a postal survey, paving the way for Parliament to take up the matter next month. If the proposal passes, Australia would be the 26th nation to formalize same-sex marriage.
Around 62 percent of registered voters in Australia expressed support for same-sex marriage, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said Wednesday.
The country’s Conservative government said that in the event of a successful non-binding voluntary postal survey, a bill legislating marriage equality would be considered in the final two-week session of the Parliament – set to end its current session Dec. 7.
Had voters rejected the plan, the issue would have been kept off Parliament’s agenda, possibly for years to come.