While we wait for the results to be announced (allowing Australians the same rights that New Zealanders have had since 2013), there have been other costs outside of the $122m postal survey.
The fight for equality will be every bit as important after the postal ballot result, and in the parliamentary battle that commences from a Yes victory.
It would be "a mockery of the process" if parliament delayed, obfuscated or used political games to delay an outcome on same-sex marriage.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has already rejected the conservative bill.
Australia has said yes to same-sex marriage.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics have announced a "YES" result has triumphed in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. But he may have to compete with another bill from conservative Liberal Senator James Paterson that contains provisions such as allowing "conscientious objections" for people who don't wish to cater for gay weddings due to their religious beliefs.
If it is a yes from the public, then PM Malcolm Turnbull has said a private member's bill will be debated in Parliament, with the PM pushing for a vote before Christmas.
Lawyers, churches, think tanks and interest groups will clamour for attention in coming weeks as they try to tell politicians what to do.
"I don't agree with the prime minister that this bill makes activities which are now legal, illegal", Canavan told RN Breakfast.
A young protester cheers in support during a march for marriage equality in Sydney. Ironically to ensure these protections, the bill would override existing state and territory anti-discrimination and freedom-of-speech laws.
Cabinet minister Matt Canavan argues the survey result, whichever way it goes, should not be seen as affirmation or rejection of the Smith bill.
Labor Senator Penny Wong, who has co-signed Senator Smith's bill, said Senator Paterson's proposal was a "distraction". But nothing requires the MPs to vote according to the survey.
The prime minister has said he'll urge his lawmakers to pass legislation by the end of the year if results due November 15 show a majority support change.