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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.  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 12 a postal<a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-41183104"> survey</a> will be sent to Australians with the question: "Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?" after a High Court ruling on September 7.</li>  <li>On September 12 a postal<a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-41183104"> survey</a> will be sent to Australians with the question: "Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?" after a High Court ruling on September 7.</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 7 and the final result will be revealed on November 15.</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 7 and the final result will be revealed on November 15.</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 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 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 won't necessarily mean the law will change. If Australians vote "yes" a parliamentary vote will be held to determine whether 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 won't necessarily mean the law will change. If Australians vote "yes" a parliamentary vote will be held to determine whether 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> &nbsp;
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