UPDATE: 7 DECEMBER
After months of debate and decades of campaigning, same-sex marriage is now legal in Australia.
Parliament passed the Same Sex Marriage Act with a vote of 154 in favour today. Only four voted no.
The first major hurdle to a change in policy was overcome on November 15 when more than 60 per cent of Australians voted in favour of same-sex marriage in a voluntary ballot. More than 12 million people participated.
Massive celebrations were held around the country following the announcement of the survey results. Broadsheet photographers were there to capture the moment.
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Australians have overwhelmingly voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage in a historic poll.
The non-binding postal vote showed 61.6% of people favour allowing same-sex couples to wed, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said.
Jubilant supporters have been celebrating in public spaces, waving rainbow flags and singing and dancing.
The issue only went to a voluntary postal vote after a long and bitter debate about changing the law.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said his government would now aim to pass legislation in parliament by Christmas.