Same sex marriage is FINALLY legal in Australia!!

08 December, 2017, 02:06 | Author: Martin Tyler
  • Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption Will you marry me? Australian politician proposes to his partner in parliament

In the Canberra parliament's final session of the year on Thursday, lawmakers engaged in a lengthy debate as several amendments put forward by opponents of the bill to legalize same-sex marriage were voted down.

The Bill passed the senate last week, before moving to the lower house on Monday.

In the 150-seat parliament there were only four No votes, three from the ruling Liberal-National coalition and one Independent.

The House of Representatives passed the bill to change the definition of marriage from exclusively between a man and a man to "a union of two people".

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull excitedly said it was "time for more marriages, more equality, more love". "Marriage equality is finally the law of the land and it's time to start celebrating".

"The government is accountable in question time and so is the opposition so we will all be accountable in question time today as we are every day that parliament sits".

"And I say to JP, my dear, beloved friend who I miss so dearly: JP, that's what we are doing".

Marriage equality supporters in the parliament's public gallery sang the chorus of the Seekers song I Am Australian - "We'll share a dream and sing with one voice, I am, you are, we are Australian" - after the vote passed. "This is Australia: fair, diverse, loving and filled with respect".

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The law will likely come into effect in about a month, with the first wedding expected about a month later.

Or people who voted yes.

The passing of the bill will also have another change when it comes to gender, which could actually affect some couples who have divorced. More than 12 million people participated.

"The Australian people were promised that their freedom of speech, freedom of religion and parental rights would be protected in any same-sex marriage legislation, and this has not happened", he said.

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The Senate last week approved the bill and rejected all proposed amendments that would have increased legal protections for those who would discriminate against gay couples on religious grounds.

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