New Scientist has created an interactive map of how many people are expected to celebrate marriage equality in 2017, based on data collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
The interactive map was created by a group of New Scientist staff using a combination of interactive charts and data on census records.
It shows that there are more than 12.5 million people aged between 15 and 59 who are expected by census to attend a marriage equality event in 2017.
There are more people expected to attend an event on a given day than at any other time in the year.
That compares to a peak of 17.2 million people who attended a marriage service in 2015.
The census data also shows that most Australians are expected either to attend or celebrate a same-sex marriage in the next 12 months.
There are almost twice as many people expected in the near future to attend same-gender marriage events than there were in 2015, and more than double the number of people expected at a same sex wedding event in 2012.
The Census data also reveals that Australians will celebrate same sex marriage less often than they did in 2016.
This is because of changes in the way the Census is measuring same-semester attendance, including the removal of a separate age requirement for same-year attendance.
The ABS is continuing to use the 2015 data to track changes in same-day attendance, but is changing the way it does this in 2017 to include the number and age of participants.
In addition, the Census data shows that more people will be attending a same gender wedding event than they were in 2016, and in some states more people than ever are expected.
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