Nov 15, 2017

Australia overwhelmingly backs gay marriage in non-binding vote

A gay couple celebrates their marriage in Canberra, Australia. Photo: Rob Griffith

Australia has voted 62% in favor of legalizing gay marriage in a non-binding survey, the Financial Times reports. The turnout for the vote was 80%. Shortly after the vote was announced, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull tweeted out a video message calling on the Parliament to get it done by Christmas.

The big picture: If a real vote passes in Australia, it will join the 25 countries who have legalized gay marriage — including, most recently, Germany — per Pew.

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