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Emerging story: Court in Australia rules non-binding gay marriage vote to go ahead Emerging story: Court in Australia rules non-binding gay marriage vote to go ahead
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  High Court ruling in Australia rules that a non-binding gay marriage postal survey vote is to go ahead. If the 'Yes' vote wins, Parliament will vote on whether gay marriage will pass.
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<h2><strong>Key takeaways</strong></h2> <h2><strong>Key takeaways</strong></h2>
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<li>On September 12th a postal<a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-41183104"> survey</a> will be sent to Australians around the country with the question "should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?" after a High Court ruling.</li>  <li>On September 12th a postal<a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-41183104"> survey</a> will be sent to Australians around the country with the question "should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?" after a High Court ruling.</li>
<li><a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/07/asia/australia-same-sex-marriage-verdict/index.html">Forms</a> have to be returned by November 7th and the final result will be revealed on November 15th.</li>  <li><a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/07/asia/australia-same-sex-marriage-verdict/index.html">Forms</a> have to be returned by November 7th and the final result will be revealed on November 15th.</li>
<li>Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull supports the right of same-sex couples to marry and will be encouraging Australians to vote yes.</li>  <li>Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull supports the right of same-sex couples to marry and will be encouraging Australians to vote yes.</li>
<li>The Government can <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-41183104">spend</a> up to $122 million Australian dollars on the vote.</li>  <li>The Government can <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-41183104">spend</a> up to $122 million Australian dollars on the vote.</li>
<li>The vote is non-binding, which means if Australians vote yes in favour of allowing same-sex couples to marry this doesn't necessarily mean the law will change. If Australians vote yes a Parliamentary vote will then proceed to determine if the law will pass.</li>  <li>The vote is non-binding, which means if Australians vote yes in favour of allowing same-sex couples to marry this doesn't necessarily mean the law will change. If Australians vote yes a Parliamentary vote will then proceed to determine if the law will pass.</li>
<li><a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/07/asia/australia-same-sex-marriage-verdict/index.html">Some Australian activists</a> in favour of same-sex marriage - like Anna Brown, Director of the Human Rights law center - campaigned against the High Court hearing because they think it's completely unnecessary: Parliament can legalize same-sex marriage at any time. But these activists are now campaigning in support of a yes vote.</li>  <li><a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/07/asia/australia-same-sex-marriage-verdict/index.html">Some Australian activists</a> in favour of same-sex marriage - like Anna Brown, Director of the Human Rights law center - campaigned against the High Court hearing because they think it's completely unnecessary: Parliament can legalize same-sex marriage at any time. But these activists are now campaigning in support of a yes vote.</li>
<li>The postal survey is <a href="http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/gay-marriage/all-you-need-to-know-about-how-the-samesex-marriage-postal-survey-will-work/news-story/7cc68dc6a86e7747e99a5fb38f1579ec">voluntary</a>. This is unlike the electoral vote in Australia which is mandatory.</li>  <li>The postal survey is <a href="http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/gay-marriage/all-you-need-to-know-about-how-the-samesex-marriage-postal-survey-will-work/news-story/7cc68dc6a86e7747e99a5fb38f1579ec">voluntary</a>. This is unlike the electoral vote in Australia which is mandatory.</li>
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<em>Tomiwa Owolade is an intern at WikiTribune. He's a student at Queen Mary University of London, studying English literature.</em> <em>Tomiwa Owolade is an intern at WikiTribune. He's a student at Queen Mary University of London, studying English literature.</em>
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