Australian Parliament allows same-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage bill looks set to pass Parliament

Same-sex marriage bill looks set to pass Parliament

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

However, before the final reading of the bill, there was a disagreement with a number of members of parliament dividing on the topic.

"It also looks like they are going to vote down the right of churches to refuse to hold same sex marriages and marriage celebrations in church halls and the like", he added.

Australia is now the 26th country in which same-sex marriage is legal, joining the likes of South Africa and the US. "A time to build, a time to love, and is now at last a time for marriage equality", he said.

The country is now the 24th in the world to allow same-sex couples to marry, according to Pew Research. Abbott reportedly criticised Turnbull and Labor leader Bill Shorten for supposedly failing to support stronger religious protections in the bill as debate was underway.

Congratulations to Australia, most especially to those who fought long and hard to make this a reality!

Forster was joined in the public gallery by her partner, Virginia Edwards.

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The Jensens first said they'd get divorced if same-sex couples could get married back in 2015.

"It's time that that occur and I'm proud that it will occur", Mr Bowen said.

Opponents of the changes argued they would legalize discrimination against the gay community.

New same-sex weddings will not happen in Australia until the second week of January because same-sex couples will still need to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage, which must be completed a month before the wedding.

"The Parliament has got on with it and we have voted today for a equality, for love, it is time for more marriages, more commitment, more love, more respect, and we respect every Australian who was voted, those who voted yes, and those who voted no, this belongs to us all, this is Australia!".

About 12.7 million people participated in the survey, which had a response rate of almost 80% - which is considered very high.

It was opposed by proponents of same-sex marriage, who wanted direct legislative action and argued a poll would expose gay people and their families to hate speech.

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