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Australian PM says government aims to legalise same-sex marriage by year-end
November 14, 2017 / 11:41 PM / 8 days ago

Australian PM says government aims to legalise same-sex marriage by year-end

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Wednesday his government will seek to pass legislation to legalise same-sex marriage by the end of the year after a majority of voters supported the move in a non-compulsory survey.

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attends the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Danang, Vietnam November 11, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

The Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday 61.6 percent of voters cast their ballots in support of same-sex marriage. A total of 38.4 percent were opposed.

“The Australian people have tasked us to get this done. This year, before Christmas - that must be our commitment,” Turnbull told reporters in Canberra.

Reporting by Colin PackhamEditing by Richard Pullin

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