• More than 12.7 million people voted in huge 79.5% turnout • All states and territories recorded vote in favour of change • Turnbull says it is overwhelming vote for fairness • James Paterson gives up on rival conservative marriage bill • Follow all the news and reaction live

Full report: Australia votes yes in historic marriage equality survey
Katharine Murphy: vote is an opportunity for Turnbull to show leadership
How Australia voted – the results by age, gender and electorate

More international congratulations – this time from New Zealand and Canada.

Love wins in Australia! Thrilled to hear Australians have voted in favour of legalizing same-sex marriage. #MarriageEquality

Congratulations to Australia on their incredible show of support for #marriageequality! What an amazing achievement for the Australian LGBTIQ* Community.


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Senator James Paterson has given up on his much maligned bill for same-sex marriage, conceding there was more support for the one drafted by Dean Smith.

Paterson’s rival conservative marriage bill would have overridden already existing anti-discrimination laws to allow “religious freedoms” of refusing service to same-sex marriages.

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