Australia has begun sending out ballots for a non-binding vote on support for legalising same-sex marriage.
The survey does not have the power to change the law but could lead to a vote in parliament.
Australian political leaders, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, have said they support the Yes campaign.
People will have until 7 November to cast their vote by mail and results of the voluntary poll are expected on 15 November.
Ahead of the ballots being mailed out, thousands of Australians dressed in rainbow colours rallied on Sunday in support of the campaign.
The No campaign has said it remains confident it has strong support.
Mr Turnbull said the country’s Marriage Act could be amended later this year if the vote shows support for change.
“We encourage every Australian to vote in this survey, to have their say,” Mr Turnbull said last week.
The postal survey has been criticised by same-sex marriage advocates as an unnecessary delay in resolving the debate, which they say could be settled immediately in parliament.
Both sides have been fiercely campaigning. One No advert was criticised for linking the debate to school gender education, while Yes campaigners have been accused of trying to silence their opponents.
A poll released on Tuesday suggested that 70% of people who rated themselves “certain” to vote were in favour of changing the law.
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Source: BBC News