>> It's been two months since Australia popped the question to its voters and on Wednesday, Canberra got its answer.>> 61.6% of clear responses were yes.>> Australians voting overwhelmingly in favor of same sex marriage paving the way for legislation to make it legal. And Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull isn't wasting anytime in fulfilling his pledge.
>> Now it is up to us, here is the Parliament of Australia to get on with it, to get on with the job the Australian people have tasked us to do and get this done this year before Christmas.>> The announcement sent off colorful celebrations across the country and praise from around the world.
Ellen DeGeneres who's married to Australian actress Porson Derossi saying on Twitter, it's a good day, way to go Australia. Almost eight out of ten Australian voters took part in the postal survey, a higher percentage turnout than Britain's Brexit vote, and Ireland's same sex marriage referendum. The result marks a watershed moment for gay rights in Australia, where homosexual activity was illegal in some states, until 1997.