It's done! Same-sex marriage is now 100% legal in Australia

It's done! Same-sex marriage is now 100% legal in Australia

But same-sex weddings will not happen in Australia until January 2018 because same-sex couples will still need to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage, which must be completed a month before the wedding.

The public gallery led a chorus of We Are Australian after the final vote, with members of the parliament joining in from the floor of the House in tears.

Proposed amendments by Coalition MPs including former prime minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Scott Morrison were voted down.

There had been little doubt that this bill would pass with sweeping support from Nationals, Liberals, Greens, the crossbench and Labor.

However, PM Malcolm Turnbull has said he will support at least two amendments to the bill to allow for religious freedoms.

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.


"This Parliament, when we passed the marriage equality law, is not a gift from us to LGBTIQ Australians, equality is never a gift to be given". Gay marriage was endorsed by 62 percent of Australian voters who responded to a government-commissioned postal ballot by last month.

"The government is accountable in question time and so is the opposition so we will all be accountable in question time today as we are every day that parliament sits".

The only potential obstacle to the law passing on Thursday would be if marriage equality opponents managed to amend the legislation.

Australians have always been in favor of same-sex marriage, with polling from as long as 10 years ago showing a majority support for legalizing marriage equality.

A nonbinding postal survey found that 62 percent of Australian respondents wanted gay marriage to be legal.

The next day, Liberal MP Andrew Wallace, who is a devout Catholic, shared with his colleagues how his gay daughter helped change his position on same-sex marriage.

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