Same Sex Marriage Has Passed The Final Vote!

Same Sex Marriage Has Passed The Final Vote!

Same Sex Marriage Has Passed The Final Vote!

Following a postal survey earlier this year that showed that 61.6% of voters approved of same-sex marriage, the Australian parliament has passed a bill legalising the unions, and Twitter is beside itself with joy.

The first major hurdle to a change in policy was overcome on November 15 when more than 60 per cent of Australians voted in favour of same-sex marriage in a voluntary ballot.

He said "injustices are happening this day", noting the case of Catholic Archbishop of Hobart Julian Porteous and a Canberra women who was sacked from her work after a No post on Facebook.

Malcolm Turnbull has declared in his closing speech that, "This is Australia". More than 100 MPs had delivered speeches, many emotional, in the lead-up to the final vote with most in support of changes to the Marriage Act.

Bindi Irwin and Hugh Sheridan were among the stars celebrating passage of same-sex marriage.

"We came, we saw, and love finally conquered", co-chair of the Equality Campaign Alex Greenwich told reporters.

"This is Australia, fair and diverse, loving and filled with respect". The Bill was opposed by only four members.

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"And when this law is passed, we should declare that we are no longer a nation of people who voted no".

Five lawmakers have registered their opposition to Australia's bill allowing same-sex marriage across the nation.

Or people who voted yes. Leading "no" campaigner Lyle Shelton said it was "deeply disappointing" day.

If the House of Representatives supported such an amendment, then the altered bill would have to return to the Senate for ratification, delaying the reform. Queues of people lined up to watch the debate from the public gallery, with some dancing and cheering.

But there's another change coming to marriage which means a new word could be popping up a lot more often in the wedding vows, even the straight variety.

Liberal MP Tim Wilson and his fiance Ryan Patrick Bolger are among those expected to marry in Australia.

Same-sex marriage is now recognised in more than 20 countries, of which 16 are in Europe.

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