Australia Passes Marriage Equality in Landslide Vote

Australia could have same-sex marriage before the end of the day

Before Question Time and the legalisation of same-sex marriage was passed, Bill Shorten asked Malcolm Turnbull if Question Time can be abandoned to allow for the quicker passage of same-sex marriage legislation.

In 2004, Australia changed its marriage law to interpret marriage is exclusively between a man and a woman.

"What a day for love, for equality, for respect", said. About a dozen, including former anti-gay prime minister Tony Abbott, abstained from voting, The Guardian reports.

"Australians are sick of excuses and they're sick of delays", Entsch said.

The historic reforms will commence on Saturday, when same-sex couples can a lodge a notice to marry. "Marriage equalityis finally the law of the land".

SIR Robert Gordon Menzies would have hung his head in shame at the abuse of our parliament when one LNP politician proposed marriage to his male partner during the debate on same-sex marriage.

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Gay marriage was endorsed by 62 percent of Australian voters who responded to a government-commissioned postal ballot last month.

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

Last month, we found out that the citizens voted in favor of legalizing gay marriage, but that was only a poll to find out what the people wanted. Leading "no" campaigner Lyle Shelton said it was "deeply disappointing" day.

Australia joins about two dozen countries around the world, including Germany, which have legalized same-sex marriage.

That said, the Senate voted in favor of legalizing it just after a few hours of debate and nearly unanimously with only four members opposing the bill. Queues of people lined up to watch the debate from the public gallery, with some dancing and cheering. "When people came together and made the case for change, and the beauty of this outcome is that everybody owns the result".

One highly anticipated wedding will be the Liberal Party's Tim Wilson, who proposed to his partner Ryan Bolger while speaking on gay marriage on the floor of the House earlier this week.

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