Turnbull returns for gay marriage result

The marriage debate is about nothing more or less than whether fellow human beings can be allowed equality says Bill Hoffman

Almost 80 per cent of eligible Australians took part in the voluntary poll, a return rate that compares more than favorably with the 91 per cent who voted at the compulsory 2016 federal election.

The result of Australia's non-binding same-sex marriage vote is now just hours away. The ABS has just published the results for the Australian same sex marriage plebiscite.

Around 79 percent of all eligible voters participated in Australia's national postal survey on marriage equality, and now the results are in.

American rapper Macklemore also became immersed in the debate ahead of singing his 2012 chart-topper Same Love at the NRL grand final on October 1 - angering former prime minister Tony Abbott and right-wing independent MP Bob Katter.

A second private bill, containing more protections for religious protections and conscientious objection, is being pushed by conservative coalition MPs, many of whom campaigned for a "no" vote.

As many comparable countries such as the USA and Britain allowed or legislated for same-sex marriage, Australia looked increasingly out of step.

Mr Turnbull's decision to use a private member's bill means there could be multiple bills put to the parliament, rather than a unified government proposal.

"It think it indicates what modern Australia is", he told Sky News.

Twelve million voted in the poll with 61 per cent voting yes to same-sex marriage.

The prime minister is urging lawmakers to pass a marriage equality bill before Christmas - a call backed by business leaders including Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. which says it would add A$650 million ($496 million) to the economy in the first year alone.

Cabinet minister Matt Canavan argues the survey result, whichever way it goes, should not be seen as affirmation or rejection of the Smith bill. While the No campaign was off to a flying start in the early weeks of the survey, it only secured 27 per cent support among those who already voted.

Wong said the bill that everyone should be discussing is the Smith bill which has cross-party support and is due to be debated in the senate on Thursday should there be a yes result.

Paterson's bill could override all anti-discrimination laws passed by state and territory level legislatures.

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