The majority of Australia has said Yes to marriage equality in the national postal survey.

After roughly 16 million ballots were sent out to eligible Australians around the country, 61 per cent have voted in favour of same sex marriage, and 38 per cent have voted against.

The $122 million survey, which was derided by members of the LGBTI community and their allies, was introduced by the government as a means to ascertain public opinion on the issue.

However, despite widespread backlash to the process, both the Yes and No campaigns mobilised to encourage Australia to vote.

Senator Dean Smith, who drafted a marriage bill that was built upon a cross-party Senate inquiry, said he would table it on Thursday in the event of a Yes win.

Senator James Paterson also drafted a bill and introduced it earlier this week, but it was widely criticised for rolling back LGBTI rights significantly, as it offers new protections for people to ensure they aren’t forced to participate in a same-sex wedding “against their beliefs”.

Parliamentarians and community members alike have urged the government to make marriage equality a reality by Christmas.

There are events around the country today to mark the postal survey result announcement. Here’s where you can stand in solidarity with the LGBTI community.

Stay tuned to Star Observer for updates.

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