IT'S DONE: Same-sex marriage is officially legal in Australia!

08 December, 2017, 01:34 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
  • Australia could have same-sex marriage before the end of the day

"... It is time for more marriages".

"I don't want to say too much about John because he was gay and it was something he had a lot of struggles [with]", Ms Henderson told the Parliament.

The bill passed its third reading with only four members of Parliament in opposition.

The Governor-General could ratify the law this week to make same-sex marriage legal, which would meet Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's hope to get it done by Christmas. The major parties want the legislation passed this week after a majority of Australian's endorsed change in a postal ballot last month. "Now go out there and get married", he said. He turned to the public gallery, where Bolger was sitting.

"A promise was made by the leaders of this parliament and this promise has not been adequately delivered on", Mr Abbott said.

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"She said: Dad, in the years to come, my generation will look back and judge your generation about how you deal with the issue of homosexuality in the same way that your generation considered your parents' generation in the way that they dealt with our indigenous people", Wallace said.

One week ago the Senate also passed the same-sex marriage bill.

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".

Prominent LGBTI Australians including the swimming stars Ian Thorpe and Daniel Kowalski, the actor Magda Szubanski and the campaigner Kerry Phelps descended on the nation's capital, Canberra, to celebrate the final legislative victory that has followed years of activism and a three-month community campaign by the Equality Campaign.

In the end, 61.6% of Australia voted in favor of allowing same-sex marriage, with 38.4% saying "no".

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