Australia's PM wants marriage equality by Christmas after 'overwhelming' vote

Crowds cheer results of postal survey after divisive three-month campaign, with 61.6% saying yes to same-sex marriage

The Australian parliament must commit to deliver marriage equality by Christmas, prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has said after an “unequivocal, overwhelming” vote of 61.6% in favour of same-sex marriage in an unprecedented national postal survey.

As nationwide celebrations heralded a result that will give enormous momentum to a final push to achieve the historic social reform, Turnbull moved to head off attempts from conservatives in his ruling Liberal-National Coalition to frustrate or delay the legislative process.

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