Australians have overwhelmingly voted in favour of legalizing 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.

A bill to change the law was introduced into the Senate today. It will now be debated for amendments.

According to BBC News, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said his government would aim to pass legislation in parliament by Christmas.

The issue only went to a voluntary postal vote after a long and bitter debate about amending Australia’s Marriage Act.

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