Same-sex marriage vote - Australia votes yes: live coverage from the Illawarra

What we know so far:

IT’S A YES! Australians have emphatically voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage, saying "yes" to the historic social change by a substantial margin of 61.6 per cent to 38.4 per cent.

After years of political stagnation, the public has now tasked the Turnbull government with changing the law before Christmas to allow same-sex couples to marry.

Almost 80 per cent of eligible voters participated in the unprecedented voluntary postal survey, giving the verdict an authority unmatched by most elections globally.

Stay with us for live updates on how Australia voted, and how the Illawarra reacts.​

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