Australian Parliament says yes to same-sex marriage in landslide vote

08 December, 2017, 01:32 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Same-sex marriage bill looks set to pass Parliament

Same-sex marriage is set to pass the parliament Thursday after MPs knocked back changes to the bill.

The Australian Parliament voted 146 to 4 in support of same-sex marriage.

The vote had been called by Turnbull, a moderate who backed gay marriage, in the face of opposition from hardliners who refused to back a national plebiscite on the issue. And I said to LGBTIQ Australians in particular, you have given us a gift. It was a heartwarming moment as Wilson tearfully recounted how his partner had endured the many years of the struggle for marriage equality, before asking him to marry him.

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

Members of the LGBT community fought for the equality of marriage in Australia for decades.

"The bill which the Senate passed is a robust bill, a whole range of religious protections are already in place", Entsch said in introducing the bill.

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Among them was Christine Forster, the gay sister of Tony Abbott, the former Australian Prime Minister who has always been seen as the face of the "no" campaign. Queues of people lined up to watch the debate from the public gallery, with some dancing and cheering. Some lawmakers, including former Prime Minister Tony Abbott sought to insert amendments into the Bill, but all of the proposed changes were voted down.

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

From heartfelt to bizarrely offensive, the debates to allow same-sex marriage couples to marry became emotionally charged ahead of the final vote on same-sex marriage on December 7.

In a historic move, the same-sex marriage bill was passed through the House of Representatives.

Tim Wilson, a Liberal MP who proposed to his long-term partner Ryan during a speech in parliament earlier this week, said "there is no day that I am more proud to be Australian than today".

Nearly 80 per cent of eligible voters took part in the poll, and almost 62pc of the 12.7 million people who participated chose "yes" on their ballots.

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