Over 120,000 people have voted in favour of legalising gay marriage in Australia, as part of the House of Representatives inquiry.

From the 218,048 people who were surveyed, 58 per cent of people wanted same-sex marriage legalised.

About 79 per cent said religious ministers should not have to marry same-sex couples and 58 per cent of participants wanted overseas gay marriages recognised in Australia.

Submissions to the House of Representatives Social Policy Committee inquiry into the two same-sex marriage bills in parliament closed yesterday.

In a statement, Australian Marriage Equality national convener Alex Greenwich said no other reform had motivated Australians so strongly.

“Marriage equality is clearly not a fringe or minority issue – it is an issue which speaks to core Australian values.”

“No other reform has ever motivated this many Australians to engage in a parliamentary inquiry.”

“Marriage equality goes to heart of the nation’s aspiration to be a fair and equal society.”

About 2.8 per cent of the survey responses will be disregarded due to duplicate or invalid emails.

Final results are expected to be publised on Monday.

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