As an official from the Australian Bureau of Statistics read that 7,817,247 people had voted "Yes" in the country's marriage equality survey, Australia knew it had achieved the popular vote to leagalise gay marriage.
For more on this story, watch 1 NEWS at 6pm.
Source: 1 NEWS
Those 7,817,247 "yes" votes accounted for 61.6 per cent of the over 12.7 million people who had voted in the postal survey.
There were 4,873,987 "No" votes representing 38.4 per cent of the vote.
It was a clear majority to legalise same-sex marriage in Australia from the public.
A majority 'yes' vote was recorded in 133 of the 150 federal electorates across the country, the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced in Canberra today.
Every state and territory recorded a majority 'yes' result bar NSW, which returned less than 60 per cent approval.
The ACT had the highest 'yes' vote at 74 per cent.
More than 12.7 million people - nearly 80 per cent of eligible voters - took part in the survey.
Of those, 7.8 million voted 'yes' and 4.9 million said 'no'.
Parliamentary debate to legalise same-sex marriage could begin as early as tomorrow.