Australians are about to find out the results of the nationwide, non-binding postal survey on marriage equality, and the final poll shows it is likely to be a big win for the Yes campaign.
According to The Guardian Essential Report poll, a whopping 86 percent of those asked have voted. Of those, 64 percent reported voting in favor of marriage equality, 31 percent said they voted No, and 5 percent preferred not to answer.
The vast majority of those who vote Green voted Yes, at 92 percent, as did those who vote Labor, at 79 percent. A slight majority of those who vote Liberal are in favor as well, according to the poll, at 54 percent.
While all of this is encouraging news, it does not necessarily mean there will be a change to the law that will see gay couples being allowed to get married.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has promised consideration of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage if the postal survey comes back with a majority Yes vote, but there is opposition with his Liberal party.
The debate has been ugly at times, as LGBTQ rights advocates warned it would be, with anti-LGBTQ posters popping up in major cities. There was even a sparsely attended “Straight Lives Matter” rally held in a gayborhood in Sydney.
The official results of the non-binding survey will be released on November 15.