Same sex marriage is FINALLY legal in Australia!!

Same sex marriage is FINALLY legal in Australia!!

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

The marriage equality bill won massive support in the House of Representatives where almost all members of the ruling Liberal-National Coalition joined by Labor and the Greens voting in favor of the bill.

Marriage equality supporters in the parliament's public gallery sang the chorus of the Seekers song I Am Australian - "We'll share a dream and sing with one voice, I am, you are, we are Australian" - after the vote passed.

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.

The bill was introduced in parliament by the conservative government after Australians last month endorsed the reforms in a controversial voluntary postal vote.

This is by no means the end of the fight for LGBTQIA rights in Australia, but it's one of the biggest leaps forward we've seen in our lifetime. "This is Australia: fair, diverse, loving and filled with respect".

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The move comes after nearly 13 million Australians (79.5%) voted in the country's non-binding postal ballot to endorse the law. Under the existing marriage act, civil celebrants must ensure the couple who are getting married utter the sentence, "I call upon the persons here present to witness that I, (insert name here), take thee, (insert their name here), to be my lawful wedded wife (or husband)".

"This is a day for every Australian".

It was opposed by proponents of same-sex marriage, who wanted direct legislative action and argued a poll would expose gay people and their families to hate speech.

In December 2013, same-sex marriage was very briefly legal in the Australian Capital Territory. Some lawmakers, including former Prime Minister Tony Abbott sought to insert amendments into the Bill, but all of the proposed changes were voted down.

During the Lower House debate, more than 100 MPs spoke for over 28 hours on the proposed Bill.

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