People gather in front of the State Library of Victoria (AAP Image/David Crosling)
Thousands of same-sex marriage supporters erupted in cheers and applause at mass gatherings around the nation at the overwhelming 'yes' result in national survey.
Rainbow flags were waved, fists thrust into the air and plenty of hugs were shared in the crowds gathered in capital city parks to watch the Australian Bureau of Statistics announce the result shortly after 10am AEDT.
Marriage equality campaigners expressed relief at the 61.6 per cent vote in favour of allowing same-sex marriage and called on federal politicians to introduce laws to amend the Marriage Act before the end of the year.
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