Same-sex marriage results - What happens next?

At 10am on Wednesday the Australian public found out the results of the same-sex marriage survey - ‘yes’. 

So what next? 

Same-sex marriage still is not legal in Australia, despite the yes vote.

The non-binding, voluntary poll is only a guide for the politicians on how they will treat the issue in parliament and at this stage there is no confirmed bill the MPs and Senators will vote on. 

Coalition MPs would be granted a free vote to decide whether the result is passed into law, and it’s likely to be held before the end of the year. 

The non-binding, voluntary poll is only a guide for the politicians on how they will treat the issue in parliament. Photo: Shutterstock

The non-binding, voluntary poll is only a guide for the politicians on how they will treat the issue in parliament. Photo: Shutterstock

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By the way if you were wondering who that guy was that announced the yes win...meet David Kalisch. 

He's been dubbed the Juan Antonio Samaranch of the same-sex marriage postal survey. But chances are, you've never heard of David Kalisch.

On Wednesday at 10am, all eyes were on the economist who has made his career in the public service. As the head of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Kalisch has the job of announcing the highly anticipated results of the same-sex marriage postal survey.

Australian Statistician David Kalisch ahead of the postal survey announcement.  Photo: Andrew Meares

Australian Statistician David Kalisch ahead of the postal survey announcement. Photo: Andrew Meares

with smh.com.au