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Australians overwhelmingly support same-sex marriage, paving way for legislation

By Colin Packham and Tom Westbrook
SYDNEY, Nov 15 (Reuters) Australians voted overwhelmingly in favour of same-sex marriage in a national survey, paving the way for legislation to make the country the 26th nation to formalise the unions and sparking colourful celebrations on Wednesday.
Thousands of people gathered in a central Sydney park, some wearing wedding dresses and sequined suits, broke into a loud cheer, hugged and cried as Australia's chief statistician revealed live over a big screen that 61.6 percent of voters favoured marriage equality, with 38.4 percent against.
The voluntary poll is non-binding but Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull immediately said he would fulfill a pledge to put a proposal to parliament to pass laws on marriage equality by the end of the year.
"It is unequivocal, it is overwhelming. They have spoken in their millions and they have voted overwhelmingly yes for marriage equality," he told reporters in Canberra. "They voted yes for fairness, yes for commitment, yes for love."
The result marks a watershed moment for gay rights in Australia, where it was illegal in some states to engage in homosexual activity until 1997.
"It's a g'day. Way to go Australia," tweeted U.S. TV host Ellen DeGeneres, who is married to Australian actress Portia de Rossi in the United States.
Almost 80 percent of the country's eligible voters took part in the survey - a higher voter turnout than Britain's Brexit vote and Ireland's same-sex marriage referendum.
Irish-born Qantas Airways Chief Executive Alan Joyce, one of the few openly gay business leaders in Australia and a major supporter of the yes campaign during the postal survey, told the crowd in Sydney that it was "an amazing outcome" and urged Turnbull to move quickly on legislation.
Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe, also at the Sydney celebration, told reporters he was extremely anxious ahead of the result.
"It is such an important outcome for so many people right across the country," Thorpe said. "It means that the way you feel for another person, whoever that may be, is equal."
The carnival atmosphere continued through the morning in both Sydney and Melbourne, with some people carrying banners declaring "our love is real" and many sheltering from the hot sun under rainbow umbrellas.
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Trump lauded India’s efforts against poverty in UNGA speech

25 Sep 2018 | 9:55 PM

New York, Sep 24 (UNI) United States President, Donald Trump lauded India’s efforts in fighting poverty while addressing the 73rd session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday at United Nations Headquarters in Geneva.

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World Bank report warns Gaza economy is ‘collapsing’

25 Sep 2018 | 9:11 PM

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First turbaned guardsman found positive in drug test

25 Sep 2018 | 8:37 PM

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India to export power to Bangladesh

25 Sep 2018 | 8:16 PM

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