Same-sex marriage legalised in Australia

Violet Powell
December 8, 2017

More than 100 MPs have delivered speeches on the issue this week and most support a change to the definition of marriage.

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.

But several lawmakers including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull intend to persist with amendments rejected by the Senate.

The final amendment to the bill was defeated by 63-79 in the House of Representatives.

At a press conference after the vote, the Equality Campaign co-chair, Alex Greenwich, said: "We came, we saw and love finally conquered".

Activists have praised the passage of this bill as a historical landmark and a symbol of the progress made by Australia's LGBT community. Though the bill was expected to pass into law without significant opposition, the lengthy legislative process was excruciatingly slow for the hundreds of advocates watching from the public gallery.

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While marriage equality could become law this week, state marriage registries say they would not have the paperwork to proceed with weddings until January.

Under political pressure to find a solution, the ruling Liberal National Coalition government announced the non-compulsory survey in August, saying if the result was "yes" they would allow a free vote in Parliament.

In addition to that, Australia has officially legalized marriage equality in the country as well.

"The Australian people were promised that their freedom of speech, freedom of religion and parental rights would be protected in any same-sex marriage legislation, and this has not happened", he said. reports that Christian couple Nick and Sarah Jensen have been hedging on their pledge to divorce in the wake of same-sex marriage becoming legal in Australia.

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