21st September 10:13 AM
Australia begins same‑sex marriage vote
By Semi Turaga
Tuesday 12/09/2017
Australian street artist Scottie Marsh paints a mural of former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott wedding himself in Sydney after Mr Abbott urged Australians to "protect the family" with their vote in the same-sex marriage postal survey (Photo: AFP).

Australia has begun sending out ballots for a non‑binding vote on support for legalising same‑sex marriage.

The survey does not have the power to change the law but could lead to a vote in parliament.

Australian political leaders, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, have said they support the Yes campaign.

People will have until 7 November to cast their vote by mail and results of the voluntary poll are expected on 15 November.

Ahead of the ballots being mailed out, thousands of Australians dressed in rainbow colours rallied yesterday in support of the campaign.

The No campaign has said it remains confident it has strong support.

Turnbull said the country's Marriage Act could be amended later this year if the vote shows support for change.

Source: BBC

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