15 Nov '17, 1am

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SYDNEY (AFP) - Australians have voted overwhelmingly in favour of same-sex marriage , in a historic nationwide survey that will now go to parliament to give it the force of law. Nearly 80 per cent of eligible voters took part in the two-month postal survey, with 61.6 per cent of respondents saying "yes" to gay unions, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said Wednesday. Here is a timeline of key moments in marriage rights in Australia. 1961: Australia introduces its first Marriage Act, but it does not include a formal definition of marriage . 1975: South Australia becomes the first state to decriminalise male homosexuality . 1976-1997: Other states and territories decriminalise male homosexuality . 2004: The Marriage Act is amended to add the definition that "marriage means the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others" 2009: De facto couples are given simil...

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