Nearly 62 percent of the 12.7 million people who participated in the two-month postal survey voted in favour of allowing gay marriage, the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced at a press conference in Canberra.
The time has finally come to hear the heavily anticipated result of the postal survey asking Australian's whether or not same-sex couples should be able to marry under Australian Law. When do we get to find out which way Australians voted?
But even ahead of the release of the results, conservative politicians inside the Australian parliament were preparing for a fight over how marriage equality would be legalized.
"We do not want a dictatorship of the majority in this country".
"We will do what we can to guard against restrictions on freedom of speech and freedom of religion, to defend parents' rights, and to protect Australian kids from being exposed to radical LGBTIQ sex and gender education in the classrooms".
Mr Turnbull, a same-sex marriage supporter, is facing debate within his government over what the parliamentary bill should include. 6 per cent of those who participated in the postal vote wanted to see the law change.
A bill is expected to pass, with many opponents of marriage equality in parliament promising to respect the result, although parliament may consider amendments.
There are now two prominent proposals for marriage equality that parliament could take up.
But it was not made clear what law would be changed and no one knew what legislation they were casting their opinions on.
Civil marriage celebrants would also not be allowed to discriminate against same-sex couples.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull backs a change, but not all of his MPs do - most notably former Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
"I don't believe Australians would welcome, and certainly the Government would not countenance, making legal discrimination that is unlawful today", Turnbull said this week, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.