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Australians endorse gay marriage in survey

In this Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 file photo, supporters of marriage equality march near Victoria Park in Sydney, Australia. (Daniel Munoz/AAP Image via AP, File)
CANBERRA, Australia — Australians have said they support gay marriage in a postal survey that ensures the Parliament considers a bill to legalize same-sex weddings this year.
 
The Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday 62 percent of registered adults who responded had voted for the reform in an unprecedented two-month survey.
 
The conservative government had promised to allow the Parliament to consider a bill to create marriage equality in Australia in its final two-week session that is due to end on December 7.
 
While gay marriage could be a reality in Australia by Christmas, some government lawmakers have vowed to vote down gay marriage regardless of the survey's outcome.
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