Apple backs marriage equality campaign in Australia

'Yes' vote for same-sex marriage is fair: Malcolm Turnbull

Leaders back same-sex marriage campaign

People participate in a march for marriage equality of same-sex couples in Sydney, Australia, September 10, 2017.

Australia began mailing ballots for a non-binding vote on support for legalizing same-sex marriage, its Bureau of Statistics announced Tuesday.

The poll illustrates why parliament should simply vote to approve same-sex marriage without holding the national ballot, opposition Labor leader Bill Shorten said. In a bid to resolve the issue, the conservative government moved to hold a postal ballot after its preferred option of a national referendum was twice rejected by the upper house.

But the government is refusing to release a draft bill until after the people decide whether the parliament will consider any bill.

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Of those certain to post their ballot papers back, 70 percent said they would support gay marriage.

Some 1,400 voters were surveyed between Wednesday and Saturday last week for the poll.

Turnbull, the only serving prime minister to attend the Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, quoted former British Prime Minister David Cameron at a weekend "yes" campaign launch in arguing that conservatives should support gay marriage.

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"The force we've shown today puts us in a good stead to win this battle over the next couple of months". "We can climb this mountain".

The campaign against changing the law has focused on issues beyond marriage itself, including gender education in schools and the "right" of children to have a mother and a father.

Thousands of Australians favoring the change, many dressed in rainbow colors, rallied across the country on Sunday.

But "yes" campaigners have warned that the method of collecting votes, via the postal system, could be less effective at engaging younger tech-savvy Australians, who are seen as more supportive of changing the laws.

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People have until November 7 to vote by mail and the results are expected on November 15.

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