Australia legalises same-sex marriage

07 December, 2017, 09:29 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott leaves the chamber ahead of the final vote on the Marriage Amendment Bill in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra Thursday

The current bill allows churches and religious organizations to boycott gay weddings without violating Australian anti-discrimination laws.

Before the vote was to be finalised later on Thursday, the House of Representatives was set to debate a number of proposed conservative amendments that were expected to be voted down, according to BuzzFeed News.

"What a day! What a day for love, for equality, for respect".

Gay rights advocates have celebrated outside Australia's Parliament House in anticipation of same-sex marriage being legalized within hours. "Australia has done it", he said.

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Turnbull told Parliament that while nothing in the bill threatened religious freedoms, he wanted more reassurances for the millions of Australians who oppose marriage equality.

At the moment the bill passed, there were cheers from the public gallery, and a standing ovation from those in the chamber. The votes were not counted because the majority wasn't questioned.

More than 120 MPs spoke during almost 24 hours of debate on the bill, which was sponsored by gay Liberal senator Dean Smith and backed by colleagues Warren Entsch, Trent Zimmerman, Tim Wilson and Trevor Evans. It was a long and painful debate - special shout outs to Bob Katter, Tony Abbott and Craig Kelly, who had a lot to say about the amendments - but ultimately they were all shot down.

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