18 tweets about Australia that will make you feel better about humanity

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Australia has voted by postal ballot to legalise same-sex marriage by a huge margin.

In a non-binding postal survey, in which 79 per cent of the population took part, 61 per cent of the respondents said 'yes' to legalise same-sex marriage.

Around 38 per cent of the population opposed the decision.

Although the survey was not an official referendum that binds Australia legally, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had said he wants to put the result into law by Christmas.

For many in Australia, this is a wonderful watershed moment in their lives.

The following will make you well up.

Senator Penny Wong, who campaigned tirelessly for marriage equality with her partner Sophie Allouache, was visibly moved at the announcement of the results.

Eric Abetz, an Australian politician who opposed same-sex marriage got a nasty shock from his constituency.

Similarly, former prime minister Tony Abbott's constituents disagreed with him on the matter of same-sex marriage.

Porn legend Ron Jeremy was also thrilled by the result.

And the flood gates for marriage proposals have opened:

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