It's been two months since the first same-sex marriage ballot papers were sent out, and at 10 a.m. Wednesday November 15, the long-waited plebiscite result will be announced. The ABS has revealed that over 12.6 million Aussies have voted — will it be a yes or no? Here are the implications of either result.
A Yes Result
A majority yes vote will see a private members' bill be introduced in parliament to legalise same-sex marriage in Australia, Malcolm Turnbull said in October. Members of parliament will then be free to vote on the bill, which was developed by West Australian Liberal senator Dean Smith. If successful, the Prime Minister has said that parliament should resolve the issue before they break for Christmas. On Monday, Liberal MP James Paterson released an alternative bill which seeks to overturn a number of anti-discrimination laws, should same-sex marriage get the go-ahead. PM Turnbull has since expressed that his ministers will continue to back Smith's bill instead, although it will likely be adapted before being presented to parliament.
A No Result
In the case of a no result, the issue of same-sex marriage will be ruled out of parliament for the remainder of the Coalition's term, as well as the next, should they remain in government. However, if the Labor Party wins the next federal election, we could see marriage equality be reintroduced in parliament.