In a historic move, Australia has voted in favour of same-sex marriage by an overwhelming margin. Almost two-thirds of voters backed legalising same-sex marriage in the country, and all is left now is for the parliament to pass legislation.

If others browse through online slot games reviews, we decided to take a break and have a look at this piece of news. This historic government survey in Australia, while not binding, clears the path for legal unions of gay and lesbian couples.

It’s an important victory for marriage equality and some have even called it a national act of love. If you want numbers, learn that 12.7 million Australians took part in the national survey, 61.6 percent of which voted in favour.  The rest of the voters chose to oppose the bill.

If a law is passed, Australia will become the 26th nation to legalise marriage of same-sex couples, after countries such as the US, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. Ireland was the first country to legalise same-sex marriage by referendum in 2015. The same year, in the United States, the Supreme Court legalised same-sex marriage nationwide. 

Up until now, the definition of marriage was restricted by a Marriage Act passed by Prime Minister John Howard to the ‘voluntarily entered-into union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others’. Now, it seems that people’s wish is to have marriage equality for all citizens, regardless of sexuality.

Though the postal vote was voluntary, the national turnout was impressive to say the least, with almost 80 per cent of those enrolled choosing to cast their vote, which shows that people really do care. The eight-week poll asked one question: ‘Should the marriage law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?’

Same-sex marriage supporters gathered on the streets on Wednesday when the result of the poll was announced, and they celebrated in public spaces, waving rainbow flags and singing and dancing. The largest crowd was at Prince Alfred Park in Sydney, and when the survey results were announced, they broke into cheers.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said that lawmakers aim to pass legislation in parliament by Christmas.

‘[Australians] have voted overwhelmingly yes for marriage equality. They voted yes for fairness, yes for commitment, yes for love,’ Mr. Turnbull, a strong same-sex marriage supporter, declared after the result was made known.

This controversial vote, however, also rings some alar m bells, as the fact that nearly 40% of people voted against indicate that for many, the LGBTQI+ community is unequal to them. And this is a worrying fact because gay people will continue to face social struggles. Actually, a Stonewall research has found that one in six LGBTQI+ people have experienced a hate crime in the past three years, and 45 per cent of LGBT students suffer bullying in school.

Nonetheless, everybody hopes that a time will come when we will look back with disbelief at the long, wasted years of discrimination and cruelty.