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Relationships Australia is delighted that as a country we support all adult Australians to be able to access marriage as a public commitment to their relationships.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics this morning announced that a majority of Australians supported
the yes vote for marriage equality. The national marriage postal survey closed on Tuesday 7
November, with results released earlier today.


“Relationships Australia is delighted that as a country we support all adult Australians to be able to
access marriage as a public commitment to their relationships,” Relationships Australia National
Executive Officer, Alison Brook said.


“The high engagement in the postal survey reveals how committed Australians are to having their
say on this important issue,” Ms Brook said. The Australian Bureau of Statistics figures revealed that
12.6 million Australians voted in the poll, which is a return rate of close to 80 per cent. It is
considered a high return rate for a voluntary non-binding poll.


The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has previously said legislation to enact marriage equality could
be passed by Christmas.


“We strongly encourage the Government to introduce legislation that supports the will of the
majority of adult Australians. We would also encourage all Australians to remain respectful of the
full range of opinions in the coming months,” Ms Brook said.


The federation of nine Relationships Australia organisations joined the call for Australians to vote yes
to marriage equality. Relationships Australia believes that marriage equality is important to the
physical and mental health of all Australians.


Counselling services are available nationally for anyone who is negatively impacted by any aspect of
the marriage equality debate. Relationships Australia centres are available to support people who
need help, particularly LGBTIQ Australians for whom this is a particularly sensitive issue.

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