Australia comes out to vote for same-sex marriage

Turnout in the Australian referendum on same-sex marriage has already reached nearly two out of three voters, says the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The referendum – which was due to happen at the start of this year and run more than six months late – is being cast by postal ballot and still has a month to run.  ABS estimate 62% of ballots have already been cast, with about five million potentially still to be cast.

Like the UK’s Brexit referendum, the ballot is only an advisory measure and not binding on the Australian parliament, where the introduction of same-sex marriage has stalled in recent years.

Two years ago the Republic of Ireland referendum saw a turnout of a little over 60% with two in three votes cast supporting the introduction of same-sex marriage.