Australia same sex marriage survey draws 78.5 percent response rate

The Australian Bureau of Statistics gay marriage law postal survey form is seen in this illustration image
The Australian Bureau of Statistics gay marriage law postal survey form is seen in a residential letterbox in this September 16, 2017 illustration image. REUTERS/Jason Reed/illustration

November 7, 2017

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Around 12.6 million Australians, or 78.5 percent of eligible voters, have voted so far in a postal ballot on whether same-sex marriage should be legalized, the Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday.

The poll, which closes later on Tuesday, is non-binding, but the government has said it will put a proposal to parliament to make Australia the 25th nation to permit same-sex marriage, if a majority of voters are in favor of it.

The final results will be announced on Nov. 15.

(Reporting by Wayne Cole; Editing by Stephen Coates)