Australians to vote on same-sex marriage

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By Catherine Hardy  with REUTERS
Australians to vote on same-sex marriage

Australia’s High Court has rejected two legal challenges to the centre-right coalition government’s proposed postal vote on whether to legalise same-sex marriage.

Opponents of the vote had protested, arguing the government needed the support of parliament to hold the ballot.

What happens now?

Australians will begin voting in the non-compulsory ballot as early as next week.

The highly-contentious, non-binding plebiscite has provoked heated debate in the country.

A result is expected in November.

What do the polls say?

Recent research suggests two-thirds of Australians support same-sex marriage.

What happens if the public vote to back same-sex marriage?

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says Australia’s Marriage Act will be changed by the end of the year.