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Proportionally, More Australians Have Voted on Marriage Equality Than Americans Voted For Trump

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74.5 percent of voters who received a ballot form have voted. 

As the Australian gay marriage battle continues, it's been reported that nearly 12 million people have returned mail-in ballots. That number is wildly impressive given that almost 16 million were sent out in September and means that 74.5 percent of voters who received a form have voted.

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That also means that, proportionally, "more Australians have now voted in the postal survey than Americans in the election that saw Donald Trump become president; or Irish who voted in that country's same-sex marriage referendum, and in the UK's Brexit."

Of course, with all good news, bad news tends to follow. Despite polls showing the "yes" vote winning so far, conservative snowflakes are disputing the number already making excuses that include the ole "they're saying they voted 'yes' to be politically correct" bullshit.

Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi cannot seem to accept that a majority of Australians aren't homophobic like he is and has told Sky News that he's "not even conceding defeat quite frankly." Voters have until October 27 to submit their ballots and, on November 15, the results will be announced.

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The battle doesn't end there though because the vote is non-binding. If the "no" vote wins, they win, but if the "yes" vote wins, they still face an uphill battle to legalization of gay marriage. The Liberal-National Coalition has vowed to introduce a bill for gay marriage if "yes" wins, but that bill will still be debated in parliament and then put up for a vote by lawmakers.

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